100 Books to get your Kids Reading
More Books Than You Could Read In A Lifetime
There are as many books as there are children to read them, but are those children reading at all? Are they all playing video games? You can get children to read by finding out what kind of books your kids like reading or even what kind of movies they enjoy. Like adults everyone is different, they might like magic, some might like Gothic stories, they might even like Regency England romance, if they are girls. Find out what books they like to read and I will show books in that genre for you to get your child.
Right now I have 110 books on the list, but as I read more I will add more and feel free to add books of your own to the guest book.
I took this picture it overlooks the river I think this is a great place to sit and read a magical book.
Pride and Prejudice is 1
Pride and Prejudice was my favorite book when I was 15 and thus it has made the list. Boy insults girl, girl insults boy and the boy falls madly in love with girl. All you really need to know is there is nothing bad in this novel, it is a proper English classic.
There is no real order to the list, I have only numbered it, to make sure I get all 100 books into this article.
This lovely book is actually a diary that got for Christmas from one of my best friends.
I like to see a movie first. If I love a movie, which is rare, I want to see what the filmmakers left on the cutting room floor. I saw Pride and Prejudice when I was a teenager. The 1995 A&E version. I love this movie, because it closely follows the book.
This can work the other way around. I saw Northanger Abbey in the late 1990s, it was the 1986 version. For a PBS production it was terrible. It didn't follow the book and the liberties that so called screenwriter made, made it awful. The acting wasn't great, the actors were strange looking, the make-up was bad, the music was bad 1980s music. Also very odd choices in costumes. The only good thing about the movie were the scenery.
This terrible movie made me never want to read this book, I wrongly assumed that this book would be bad as well. I saw a different version of the movie that PBS made in 2007, it was made by one of my favorite adapters of Jane Austen's work for the screen. I read the book and Northanger Abbey is now my favorite book.
Harry Potter Book Set 2-8
Harry Potter which I have read myself has five extremely large books to its set and two normal sized books. Yes the first two were only about three hundred pages, it increased tenfold from there.
The story that most people know by now is about the life of a sad lonely boy being raised by his neglectful aunt and uncle, who learns he is not only magical, but he has a destiny to save the rest of the magical world.
This is my set.
This like some of the other books have movies based on it, the seven books have eight movies. The darkness in the book series increases as the years progress and Harry Potter is closer to profiling his destiny.
The Chronicles of Narnia 9 - 15
The Chronicles of Narnia. There are seven books, but the first book was not The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the book actually took place in the mid to late 1800s, only the three they made movies from had the same children in it, the last book did feature their cousin.
The Chronicles of Narnia set are by C. S. Lewis and is about the mythical land of Narnia. The books have magical and religious tones and is very well written.
I bought this copy from the book store in my mall, it has since closed...so sad.
The Sister's Grimm 16 - 24
The Sister's Grimm which is about two sister trying to stick together while their family has fallen apart and then are thrust into a world of mysteries and magic. This series is now 9 books long.
Sisters Grimm Series 1-9 Hardcover Collection
The Fairy-Tale Detectives,
The Unusual Suspects
The Problem Child
Once Upon a Crime
Magic and Other Misdemeanors
Tales from the Hood,
The Everafter War
The Inside Story
The Council of Mirrors
I hope you enjoy the pictures of my personal copies.
Books of Magic 25 -41
Were you wondering how I was going to fit 100 books or more into one little article? Well, book sets help. Like the series of unfortunate events.
These short books chronicle the unfortunate things that happen to three children. The book series is a dark comedy about three orphans and the terrible things that happen to them.
This is the 13 book set of a Series of Unfortunate Events. You might remember the movie that really didn't do all that well, the movie was made from the first three books.
Movie books 42 - 45
These are some of my favorite stories. All of these have movies that go with them, however some were movies before they were books and others are the other way around, but all of these are great tales.
The book series a series of unfortunate events is a dark comedy tale about three orphans and the terrible and funny things that happen to them. If you saw the movie, forget it. It was not half as good as the book series, it was all creepy dark and none of the humor came across.
Eragon was written by a young teen who lived with the backdrop of mountains and would write stories about what would happen in that magical world. This story is about dragons and magic.
There are three books in all.
The Princess Bride 46
The Princess Bride is the classic tale of Buttercup a woman who's love was lost at sea and now five years later a Prince is wanting to make her his bride. She is then kidnapped by the Prince's enemies. She is then rescued by the Dread Pirate Robinson, man who supposedly killed her Wesley, but who is this masked man really?
This is my copy and yes this book started as a movie.
Ella Enchanted Set 47
Ella Enchanted is the classic retelling of Cinderella. Ella of frell is cursed to do whatever she is told to do. Her cursed life is turned upside down when her father takes on a new bride with two daughters of her own. Not everyone knows that this is actually a part of a three book set.
The Enchanted Collection Box Set
The Two Princesses of Bamarre
I actually only own the first book, I have a hard copy and I own the digital downloaded kindle copy that I got on black Friday weekend for 1.99.
Inkheart Trilogy 48 - 50
Inkheart is about a man called Mo who if he reads out loud the stories will come out of the story, but if you read a character out, someone must go in. Mo reads this book to his daughter and wife and when Capricorn, a henchman and Dustfinger come out, his wife goes in.
Stardust is the novel about a man who wants to capture a fallen star to give it to a girl he likes, but when he reaches the star it she is a bit more lively than he thought. To get back to the village of wall he must prefect her from witches, prates and princes.
The Wilburn family was cursed that the girl to be born to their family would have the face of a pig. However they ended up having all sons, born to the seventh son was a girl named Penelope.
Penelope is about that pig faced girl who's only hope to end the curse is if a blue blood like herself falls in love with her forever and ever, but when her suitors runaway screaming at the sight of her, what is a girl to do? After her last heart break, she runs away herself, determined to live on her own terms.
The Princess Diaries 53 - 62
This is the complete ten book set of The Princess Diaries. The Princess Diaries was actually the first book in the mega set, they are shorter books to keep your child engaged in reading. If your daughter liked the first movie, it should be easy to get her to read these fabulously cute books.
Edgar and Ellen books 63 - 73
So if you or your child exist on the darker side of life, there are still books for you. Edgar and Ellen are a set of creepy little twins who live in a creepy little town. There are nine short novels and comics.
Rare Beasts (Edgar & Ellen)
Hot Air (Edgar & Ellen Nodyssey)
Split Ends (Edgar & Ellen Nodyssey)
Tourist Trap (Edgar & Ellen)
Pet's Revenge (Edgar & Ellen)
Nod's Limbs (Edgar & Ellen)
Under Town (Edgar & Ellen)
High Wire (Edgar & Ellen)
Frost Bites (Edgar & Ellen Nodyssey)
Edgar & Ellen Graphic Novelty: A Comics Collection
Edgar & Ellen Mischief Manual (Edgar and Ellen)
This is my copy of Tourist Trap.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 74 - 78
I haven't read this book set yet, but it has stellar reviews and is all about how hard it is to be a nerdy kid growing up. This is the entire 5 book set.
History is Fun 79 - 89
Rick Riordan is an award winning New York Times bestselling novelist, he created the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He was a teacher and wrote the adventure series as a way of getting kids into history and mythology and of course reading.
This book series now has two movies based on it.
The Lord of the Rings Novels 90 - 93
This set has all 4 books and with the Hobbit coming out in December, there will be a new found interest in this book set. The Lord of the Rings is about this evil ring, that makes the one who wears it invisible, but when it is on the evil that created it, can sense the ring. It can only be destroyed by tossing it into the Volcano were it was created.
This is my Elfen.
Artemis Fowl 94 - 103
I couldn't do a book lens without mentioning Artemis Fowl. As a baby sister years ago I sat for a young teen girl who loved this book series. She read this and Harry Potter all the time and Artemis was her favorite name. This book series has five star reviews.
The Thief Lord 104
Until recently I didn't realize that this novel was by the same Arthur of the beloved inkheart series. This is a strange tale of children who steel things and live on their own in an old theater. I don't want to give anything away, but it is full of magic and lies.
Cornelia Funke 105 - 115
Cornelia Funke is the beloved writer artist of many magical stories for children. She wrote the inkheart series and the ghosthunter series and now is working on a mirrorworld series, which has it first two books written.
What type of books do your kids like?
Sports Illustrated Kids
Sports Illustrated Kids. I'm not into sports, but if you have boys this might be the only way to get them to read on their own.