5 Books to Get Your Kids Hooked on Reading

Reading can be magical for children, they can explore new worlds, make friends and learn things they might not in school. But some kids will see reading as a chore, especially when the television is so much quicker. 

Getting your children hooked on reading just takes one great book. Once a child has found that one book that interests them there’ll be no stopping them, but how do you find that special book?

At BrightMinds we know that reading benefits children by acting as a comfort that teaches them new words, emotions and so much more, which is why we have come up with our top 5 books that are sure to get your kids hooked on reading in no time.

Our Top 5 Reading Books for Kids

Reading is a great way to encourage a child’s imagination, whilst teaching them literacy skills that will help them all through their school years. 

Reading can be great fun when you find the right book, and the right book may not be a book at all. Some children focus best when pictures and illustrations are included in their books, while others respond positively to audiobooks. There is no right way to read for your child.

Get ready to discover exciting characters, silly situations and a bucketload of adventures that are sure to entice your child into the wonders of reading with these fiction books for kids. 

The Flying Bath by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts

The Flying Bath Book Cover

From the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, The Flying Bath is an exciting bath time adventure book that follows some sneaky bath toys as they head off on an expedition in their magical flying bath!

Read along with your child as the cheery characters help a piglet take a shower, or rescue a baboon from a fire. The adventures are endless, but the bathtime toys are always back in time for the children’s bath at the end of the day. This book is full of magic for your child to fall in love with.

This book is a great read for children aged 3 to 5. As well as the exciting storyline, the illustrations bring the story to life.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Illustrated Book Cover

A classic for a reason, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an exciting adventure based in a chocolate factory, what wouldn’t children love? Discover delicious challenges, a humongous chocolate factory, golden tickets and Willy Wonka in this imaginative book aimed at children aged between 5 and 8 years old.

Roald Dahl books are a great way to introduce children to the joys of reading, with themes of bravery, adventure, fun and self-belief, which is why his books have remained a popular choice for children for many years.

If you are trying to get your child hooked on reading, why not try an audiobook? Listening to audiobooks gives children the same benefits as books do, whilst helping them to develop their vocabulary. Your children will learn enunciation and emphasis, teaching them fantastic literacy skills whilst they experience the joy of a good book.

The Dinosaur Next Door by Harriet Castor

The Dinosaurs Next Door Book Cover

Get your child started on their reading journey with a SciFi book for kids. The Dinosaurs Next Door is about, you guessed it, a house full of dinosaurs next door! Join Sam and his next door neighbour Mr. Puff as they figure out what to do with a group of dinosaurs who are growing, and growing fast!

The Dinosaurs Next Door is part of the Usborne Young Reading programme, which was designed for children that have just started reading by themselves. Aimed at children aged 5+ this book is the perfect book for dinosaur fans.

Little Women

Little Women Illustrated Book Cover

A re-telling series of classic books for kids, Louisa May-Alcott’s Little Women is all about four sisters during the American Civil War. While no fantasy magic enters the storyline, there are plenty of adventures for the fours sisters that are sure to grip young readers as they follow Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they grow up and form new relationships. 

Part of Usborne Young Readers, this book has been re-written for confident readers, aimed at children aged 5 to 8 years old for an exciting challenge.

Stormbreaker Graphic Novel

Alex Rider Graphic Novel Cover

Graphic novels are a great way to get your child interested in books, especially for reluctant readers. Graphic novels offer extra support for children through a combination of illustration and text. 

Reading Graphic novels can help to improve literacy, vocabulary and emotional learning, as well as helping your child to get a better grasp on literary themes.

Stormbreaker is the graphic adaptation of Alex Rider. Join Alex as he completes his very first mission for MI6 and goes from schoolboy to superspy. A high stakes adventure is sure to hook your child's attention, especially when it's the adventure of a superspy.

Aimed at children from 8 to 14 years old, this book is perfect for readers who like a visual aid with their reading. Sometimes a page full of text can be intimidating, which puts children off, so adding illustrations takes some of the pressure away and just leaves the enjoyment of reading a great story.

Get your Children hooked on reading with help from BrightMinds

Reading is a great way to encourage creativity and imagination in your child, but not everyone loves reading straight away. Here at BrightMinds we understand that a range of reading ability and needs should be met so everyone can enjoy reading and discover their favourite book.

Whether you are looking to improve your child’s reading skills, or just hoping to encourage them to read as a hobby, we have a wide range of kid’s books to choose from. From fiction to nonfiction, Science to Sci-fi, we have a book suitable for your child.

Get in touch with our friendly for more information about our library of Books, Audiobooks and Graphic Novels, or check out our FAQs for answers to any questions you might have.

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