Happy bank holiday weekend!
I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday and are enjoying the warm weather.
As we prepare for our 11+ summer course, I am inundated with messages and calls from parents asking for tips on how to help their sons with reading.
Generally, it seems that reading is the domain of girls and I’m always amazed by how much my female students tend to love reading whilst the majority of my male students hate it. There are so many potential reasons for this but if I start on them, I’ll be writing forever.
As a proud bookworm, I’m constantly looking for the best books and stories for children aged 8-12 and always become incredibly excited when I stumble across a great undiscovered book. It’s like finding a hidden gem.
If you have a son who absolutely hates reading, then hopefully this quick list of 11 of my favourite reading books will be helpful. It’s not a definitive list but it should act as a starting point and hopefully inspire you and your son to keep hunting for more great stories.
Without further ado, here we go:
Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz
HIVE by Mark Walden
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (this trilogy is especially great for helping children to come up with clever ideas for cliffhangers, inspire their creative thinking skills and improve their story writing structure. I’m a huge fan!)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Shadow jumper by JM Forster
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Traitor Series, Andy McNab
The Door or No Return by Sarah Mussi
Sure Fire by Jack Higgins
There are a few other great finds such as The Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore.
Has your child read any of the above books? Which was their favourite? Are there any other great books that you love?
Let us know by leaving a comment below.