Often, a reluctant reader isn't a child who simply doesn't like to read — it's a child who hasn't discovered books they love yet. If getting your child to start (let alone finish) a new book feels like a daily struggle, try a few titles from this list. It includes exciting books that kids in grades 3 to 5 love, ranging from relatable chapter books to action-packed graphic novels.
This is particularly important for this age group, because enthusiasm for reading tends to wane around age 9. It's necessary to take steps to avoid the "decline by nine," and letting your child pick books they love is a great place to start. The reading skills your child develops now will help determine their success throughout the rest of elementary school and beyond. Once they're ready, check out these book lists and recommendations for kids ages 8 to 10.
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