Inspire Children to Be Lifelong Readers

At Scholastic we believe in getting children reading for life.

We know that creating lifelong readers is all about helping children find books they’ll love. But it’s also about stretching and challenging them – getting them hooked on one book, then moving them on at the right pace so they climb step by step up a magical staircase of wonderful books.

Here’s our pick of current fiction to get children going on the staircase to lifelong reading:

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Dog Man: Fetch-22

The new book from Dav Pilkey’s legendary graphic series about a hero who’s half dog and half cop. Hilarious text and cartoon-style pictures keep children hooked in and flicking the pages, while a sprinkling of challenging vocabulary subtly builds language skills.
The length is substantial, at 240 pages, yet packed with illustrations, so that children won’t even realise they are tackling a longer book. Delightful fun which nudges children to broach a book of substantial length without feeling deterred or worried.

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Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet

The hilariously likeable illustrated tale of Omar and his trials in school and at home builds on the graphic format of Dog Man, but using a higher ratio of text to images. It’s still incredibly funny and engaging, with a joyfully anarchic young hero, while children will enjoy the mix of humour with realistic themes and everyday settings that they can all relate to.

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Tom Gates: Mega Make and Do and Stories Too

Next, keep children reading and engaging their own imaginations with a mix of stories and activities from one of Britain’s best-loved series. Liz Pichon’s expressive pictures and doodles provide continuity from the preceding highly illustrated titles, but with richer characterisation and themes that reflect children’s experiences as they enter the later years of primary school. Plus, this time kids won’t just be reading. They’ll be doodling, puzzling and participating in the story, stretching their storytelling skills and their notion of what reading can be.

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The Boy Who Fooled the World

Lisa Thompson’s wonderful new book builds on what’s gone before to take children into the realms of full-length fiction that speaks to all the emotions. Both funny and sad, this is a novel about a boy, the picture he made in art class, and a white lie that spirals out of control. As children are hooked into the incredibly compelling narrative, they won’t even notice that pictures no longer feature in this story. By the end they should be reading confidently and be ready to explore the worlds of other major authors for ages 9+, such as David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo and JK Rowling.

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