I hear from people that it's often hard to find books to give kids or to get kids interested in reading. I have so many recommendations it's hard for me to know where to start! And as with most recommendations there are a lot of variables to fill in to really give a good title that fits well (age, reading level, boy or girl, interests?...etc.) but I wanted to post a few good titles that are across the board great reads for kids. My passion is to see people love reading and if you can get a kid to love it they will grow up reading everything and learning lots (see myself for an example!).
The following is a personal list of fantastic books to give kids, read with your kids or read by yourself!
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Maximum Ride by James Patterson(J. Patterson wrote this for his son, he said he couldn't get him to love reading anything so he wrote a book that he knew his son would love!)
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa (Denver radio host that is working hard to get kids excited about reading!)
Books for Pre-Teens
Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (and anything else by this author, my personal favorite from my childhood!)
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Engalls Wilder (you cannot go wrong with this book series, it is fun and interesting and full of history all in one!)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Guardians of Ga'hoole by Kathryn Lasky
Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith (Again, anything by this author!!! He wrote Babe the Magnificent Pig as well and he is just a great young reader author!)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
This is just a tip of the "great books for kids, pre-teens, and teens" iceberg. There are so many more I would bore you to death typing them all out here...Come on in to the store, browse the kids sections and ask for advice! We love finding good fits for each reader, whether you are young or old, buying for yourself or someone else, boy or girl we want you (or them) to be reading books you will love (or at least really enjoy!).