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Books for Reluctant Readers Age 7-9

While some kids dive into books, others may need a little encouragement to join the reading adventure. We’ve put together a list of books for reluctant readers in Years 3 and 4 (ages 7-9).  These books have engaging stories and accessible language to build confidence and foster a love for literature. From action-packed adventures to laugh-out-loud tales, this collection provides a gateway into the world of reading that is both enjoyable and accessible, with books that have a high image to text ratio for more visual learners and books with shorter chapters to encourage a sense of accomplishment. Get ready to explore these books designed to spark the imaginations of reluctant readers and open the door to a lifetime of literary discovery!

Lenny Lemmon and the Trail of Crumbs

Written by Ben Davis Illustrated by James Lancett
7-9
The second in a hilarious school-based comedy series for 7+ with black and white illustrations throughout. A modern day Just William, perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Pamela Butchart! When an important visitor turns up at school one day, Lenny and his friends are surprised to find themselves sent…
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Unicorn Academy: Sophia’s Invitation

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd
7-9
The official companion title for the smash hit Netflix animated series, now playing globally! At Unicorn Academy, Sophia can't wait to discover her destiny and become a Unicorn Rider. First, she must bond with Wildstar to unlock the unicorn's magical powers. But evil Queen Ravenzella wants to destroy Unicorn Island,…
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Kevin the Vampire: A Most Mysterious Monster

Written by Matt Brown Illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino
7-9
"Full of hilarious, highly illustrated mayhem" Guardian   "Loved it. Full of heart, laughs and adventure." Dermot O'Leary   "Fearfully funny, and a book to get your teeth into! You'll be Kevin's biggest fang!" Danny Wallace   When Kevin and his family get stuck in a strange town, they accidentally…
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A Hedgehog Called Snuffle

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The fifteenth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping…
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Mermaid Academy: Cora and Sparkle

Written by Julie Sykes & Linda Chapman Illustrated by Lucy Truman
7-9
Mermazing action-packed underwater adventures for young readers. Beautifully illustrated throughout and with a glittery cover! From the authors and illustrator of the bestselling Unicorn Academy series. Hidden deep beneath the waves is Mermaid Academy, a magical school where mermaids are paired with their very own dolphin and must discover their…
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Dragon Storm: Skye and Soulsinger

Written by Alastair Chisholm Illustrated by Eric Deschamps
7-9
The eighth book in a thrilling, magical, and action-packed new fantasy series, illustrated throughout and perfect for 7-9 year olds! In the land of Draconis, there are no dragons. Once, there were. Once, humans and dragons were friends, and created the great city of Rivven together. But then came the…
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There’s a Beast in the Basement!

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
7-9
Chaos and mayhem reign as Izzy and her friends take on another hilarious (mis)adventure. There's no such thing as an ordinary day at school when they're around... Izzy and her friends overhear their head teacher talking about "missing treasure" and "running out of time". They know this means there's TREASURE…
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The Secret School Invasion

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
7-9
Hilarious, pitch-perfect stories where everyday school life becomes completely extraordinary! By a brilliant author/illustrator team with laughs on every page!   Izzy's school is being merged with St Bartholomew's Primary, their greatest rivals! What will happen when the new kids join, in their too-shiny shoes and with their too-loud singing?…
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A Seal Pup Called Pearl

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The thirteenth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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Sunshine Stables: Willow and the Whizzy Pony

Written by Olivia Tuffin Illustrated by Jo Goodberry
7-9
At Sunshine Stables, dreams become adventures! Young pony fans will love this fantastic pony club series from Olivia Tuffin. Pony camp is the best thing Willow has ever done. She adores Luna, her chestnut pony, and just like her, Luna loves to run. Together, Willow feels they can do anything!…
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Max Counts to a Million

Written by Jeremy Williams
7-9
Do you like epic quests of amazing counting? Do you dislike global pandemics, being stuck at home, and the number 7? Then I have a story for you. It's about how I counted to a million during lockdown - with help from Mum and Dad, friends and neighbours, and Grandad.…
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A Secret in Time

Written by Sally Nicholls Illustrated by Rachael Dean
7-9
Alex and Ruby are back in their FOURTH time-slip adventure, tumbling back into 1947! From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls comes another brilliant action-packed adventure for 7+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Rachael Dean. When siblings Alex and Ruby tumble back through the mirror, they find themselves in the freezing-cold winter of…
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The Wizard in the Wood

Written by Louie Stowell Illustrated by Davide Ortu
7-9
Kit, Josh and Alita are heading back to school - and they're excited to discover that they're getting a brand new library, which also means getting their own wizard librarian... and a dragon! But when something VERY BAD happens at the new library, it's up to Kit and her friends…
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Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
7-9
For Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh, holidays at their grandparents' cottage mean wild beaches, no curfew, Bella the dog, and most of all - adventure! The lead actress in Frost Castle's winter play is sure she's cursed! A break-in, a car accident, and now her precious locket is missing. But…
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Princess of Pets: The Cuddly Seal

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
7-9
Ruby Palace is no place for pets! But Princess Bea won't let royal rules stop her from helping animals in need. While exploring Silver Rock Bay, Bea comes across a little seal pup that has been left alone on some rocks. Bea and her friend Keira are determined to help,…
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Max the Detective Cat: The Catnap Caper

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor Illustrated by Nicola Kinnear
7-9
With a beautifully fluffy tail and a keen nose for adventure, Max the Detective Cat is ready for any mystery... The pampered cats of Paris are being kidnapped! Could it have something to do with a singing competition that is gripping the city? Max knows he has to solve the…
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An Owl Called Star

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9
The eighth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon. Jasmine's dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and…
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The Rescue Princesses: The Amber Necklace

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Sharon Tancredi
7-9
Friendship, animals and secret royal adventures! With over one million Rescue Princesses titles sold, this action-packed series is the perfect combination of good friends, beautiful dresses, ninja moves and baby animals! Princess Zina is shocked to discover that the forest home of her kingdom's lemurs is in danger! Can she…
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Snow Sisters: The Enchanted Waterfall

Written by Astrid Foss Illustrated by Monique Dong
7-9
The fourth in the Snow Sisters series. Three brave sisters must race to discover their magical powers and save their home and their parents from the evil Shadow Witch! Luckily, they have a brave polar bear cub and a cast of cute snowy animals to help them... It's the Day…
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Help! I’m Trapped at Witch School!

Written by Em Lynas Illustrated by Jamie Littler
7-9
Twinkle is now the WITCHIEST WITCH at witch school but she is still a GREAT ACTRESS! She must persuade her teacher to let her out of school so she can tour her Bottom (she's a SHAKESPEAREAN ACTRESS no less!) by taking three MAGICAL tests. Can she pass them without destroying…
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