Community Picks: 13 Books for Struggling Readers

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Getting a struggling reader to pick up a book can be tough. But choosing books that capture kids’ imagination and match their reading skills can make all the difference. Here, members of the Understood Community share the titles that grabbed their young readers!

1. Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel

Reading level: Grades 1–4

Interest level: Grades Pre-K–1

2. Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

Reading level: Grades 2–4

Interest level: Grades 3–8

3. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie by Zack Zombie

Reading level: Grade 3

Interest level: Grades 2–5

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

Reading level: Grades 5–6

Interest level: Grades 3–8

5. Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold

Reading level: Grades 1–2

Interest level: Grades Pre-K–3

6. Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton

Reading level: Grades 2–4

Interest level: Grades 2–5

Reading level: Grades 4–7

Interest level: Grades 1–5

8. The Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings

Reading level: Grades 2–3

Interest level: Grades 1–3

9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Reading level: Grades 2–5

Interest level: Grades 4–9

10. Pete the Cat series by James Dean

Reading level: Grades 1–3

Interest level: Grades Pre-K–2

11. Roscoe Riley Rules series by Katherine Applegate

Reading level: Grades 2–4

Interest level: Grades 1–3

12. Timmy in Trouble by Holly Webb

Reading level: Grades 2–3

Interest level: Grades 2–5

13. Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski

Reading level: Grades 2–4

Interest level: Grades 3–5

Looking for more book ideas? Explore great books for grade-schoolers, middle-schoolers, and high-schoolers who have trouble reading. And learn about graphic novels, which can be a fun choice for kids who shy away from reading.

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is made up of passionate writers, editors, and community moderators. Many of them learn and think differently, or have kids who do.

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