Guest Post: Brooke Romney


October 30, 2017

As a reader, I took for granted that my kids would also be readers and I was confident in my ability to make them love reading. Then, I had four active boys who preferred balls over books, and I felt a bit lost. When it was library time they chose books I had never imagined picking up for them (non-fiction, dinosaur and animal books) and as they got older, the tradition continued, and it was difficult to find titles that sparked their interest.
Then, we became friends with a family who had older boy readers and they started recommending titles to us, and our world completely changed! My boys did love books, just not my books! Since then, I can hardly keep up with their voracious reading pace. They will complete a series and be hungry for something new to read right away, and it makes me incredibly happy.
After this experience, I decided that moms needed more resources for their maturing readers and more title and genre recommendations. I had my kids help me put together lists of books that kids like them might enjoy. We thought it would make sense to recommend books dependent upon what they had enjoyed reading in the past, but if you want our honest opinion, all of these books are phenomenal and hard to put down. Great for both boy and girl readers, bookworms and reluctant readers, and adults of all ages too!
You can find more recommendations by genre on my blog and a large book list of all our favorites from Kindergarten to high school  sorted by reading and interest level there too!
If your child loved the magical world of Harry Potter, try Gregor the Overlander
If your child loved the action packed fantasy of Percy Jackson, try Michael Vey
If your child loved laughing along to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, try Skinnybones
If your child was touched by the kindness he read about in Wonder, try The Thing about Georgie
If your child loved the competitive, athletic angle in Heat, try A Strong Right Arm
If your child was addicted to the dystopian society in The Hunger Games, try An Uncommon Blue
If your child loved the historical facts and captivating stories of I Survived, try Making Bombs for Hitler
If your child loved the puzzling mystery surrounding Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, try The Mysterious Benedict Society
If your child loved the flawless writing style of award-winning Maniac McGee, try The Wednesday Wars
If your child loved the fairy tale fantasy of Rump, try Land of Stories

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