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Best Junior Fiction Series For Reluctant Readers

Sometimes it can be tricky to get kids into reading, when parents come to me and say they need help finding a book for a reluctant early reader these are my top go to series. I like to recommend series because if you happen to strike gold with a book there is nothing better then to find there are a ton more books to go onto next! Without any further adieu please find below, in no particular order, my five favourite junior fiction series to recommend for reluctant readers.


The Tales of Mr Walker by Jess Black & Illustrated by Sara Acton

Mr Walker is a beautiful golden labrador who definitely didn't deserve to fail his guide dog exam, but when he hears about his new home at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne he thinks thats just wonderful because he loves parks. This book captures the voice of a happy puppy better than any other and that makes it a beautiful book for children of all ages (including adults).


The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys is a super fun mafia story, complete with ridiculous characters and hilarious predicaments - it is laugh out loud fun. Readers will love the story of this fearless foursome attempting their first mission in an attempts to be good Bad Guys!


The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Even though captain Underpants is total 'boy humour' it is great for boys and girls, having been around for 10+ years now and still going strong it's a staple for any kids library. When the school pranksters get caught the only way to avoid disaster is, obviously, to hypnotise the Principle. Chaos and hilarity ensues.


Polly and Buster by Sally Rippin

Polly and Buster is another series by Sally Rippin, this is a great alternative for kids who want to read the fantasy books their older siblings are. Polly is a fledgling witch and her friend Buster is a feelings monster, they are inseparable until they find out they have to go to different schools because Witches and Monsters aren't supposed to be friends. Polly is a great female protagonist and Buster has a wonderful way of embodying his feelings.


Hot Dog! by Anh Do

Even though Anh Do has three different series suitable for junior readers Hot Dog! is my go to for reluctant readers, the animals and bright colour immediately catch the eye of young readers. The multitude of pictures on each page really appeals to some reluctant readers but it can also have the opposite effect with some kids telling me its too 'kiddie' when I show it to them, every kid is different, thats part of what makes my job so entertaining. If this is the case I usually go on to recommend either of Anh Do's other series; Werido or Ninja Kid.