The Most Popular Books for Kids to Read for Fun

Instill the joy of reading for pleasure with these series growing readers can’t put down.

Jun 15, 2022



The Most Popular Books for Kids to Read for Fun

Jun 15, 2022

Books to read for fun like those in the hilarious Cat Kid Comic Club or wholesome Owl Diaries series fly off shelves — and your growing reader will fly through them, too! These fun books for kids are characterized by engaging, relatable, and action-packed plots, and will make reading for pleasure a lifelong habit for your child.

Six out of 10 kids report that they love or like reading books for fun a lot, and 50 percent say that reading books for fun is extremely or very important, per the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report. However, as kids grow up, their reading frequency and enjoyment tends to decline, underscoring the importance of filling their shelves with books to read for fun now. 

For instance, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection is a treasured and relatable middle-grade read. Your kids will enjoy reading about the funny adventures of Greg Heffley as he navigates school, home, and friends.

And if your kid is a Dog Man lover, they will love the Cat Kid series! The adorable graphic books illustrate the zany antics of Flippy, Molly, and Lil’ Petey as they continue to teach art to baby frogs. Funny books are a great way to encourage your kids to read — especially when the shenanigans are non-stop (like in the new Cat Kid Comic Club #3: On Purpose!

Shop the most popular book series for kids to read for fun below! You can find all books and activities at The Scholastic Store.

Plus, encourage a love of reading with help from our guide, which includes book recommendations by interest, tips for getting your child to read for fun, and much more. And for more great books known to engage kids, be sure to check out fantasy series like Dragon MastersWings of Fire, and the iconic Harry Potter books, along with old-school kid books

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