Best High Interest Books for Reading Improvement
- “Reading for fun” builds good learning habits because students learn to read quickly and automatically.
- “Reading for fun” also improves fluency or automatically improves comprehension.
- Furthermore, “reading for fun” expands a student’s knowledge which makes future learning easie
Books Currently Popular with Students in Grades 3-8
Rick Riordan (https://rickriordan.com)– Percy Jackson and the Olympians series; The Kane Chronicles (Egyptian mythology) Magnus Chase (Norse mythology) – Genre: Fantasy, detective fiction, mythology.
Jeff Kinney (https://wimpykid.com)– Diary of a Wimpy Kid series – Genre: Comedy & Humor, Graphic Novel, Diaries
Judy Blume (http://judyblume.com)– Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing – Genre: Comedy & Humor, Realistic Fiction
Erin Hunter (https://warriorcats.com/books) – Warrior Series – Genre: Juvenile Fantasy, Animal Stories
Andrew Clements (https://www.andrewclements.com)– Jake Drake; Keepers of the School – Genre: Realistic Fiction, Comedy and Humor;
Veronica Roth (https://veronicarothbooks.com)– Divergent Trilogy – Genre: Dystopia; Science Fiction
Kate Milford (https://clockworkfoundry.com) – Green Glass House, The Broken Lands – Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Pam Munoz Ryan (https://www.pammunozryan.com) – Echo, Esperanza Rising – Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy – Time Travel
Mike Lupica (http://www.mikelupicabooks.com)– Sports stories for young people – Genre: Fiction Sports Stories
Dan Gutman (https://dangutman.com) – Baseball Card Adventure Series – Genre: Historical fiction, historical fantasy, humor
Tom Angleberger (https://origamiyoda.com)– The Origami Yoda Series – Genre: Realistic fiction
For students who like to read about strange facts:
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not (https://www.ripleys.com)
- Weird, But True Books (National Geographic)
- Guinness Book of World Records
For students who like to read biography and history:
Research has found that the amount of reading done by a student positively correlates with high academic achievement. It’s important to help students “fall in love” with books. It helps them develop automaticity as well as deep knowledge of content subjects areas. **Provide time for reading every day.** This reading time is strictly for pleasure and enjoyment!
Reading Rockets – “Finding Children’ Books in a Pandemic” offers suggestions for diverse readers.