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20 Short Books for the Reluctant Reader: Learn to Love Books

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

Are You a Reluctant Reader?

Not everyone grows up to love books. This could be attributed to a plethora of reasons. No matter the reason, you have come to this list and here you will find a variety of books to give a try. Learn How I Made Myself Love To Read.

It is sobering to know:

• 1/3 of all high school graduates will never read a book again.

• 42% of all college grads will never read a book again.

• 80% of all American homes will not read or buy a book in a years time

Don't let your home become a part of this statistic. If you set an example in your home everyone in the family will benefit from it. Remember, be the person who you want your children to be.

Here are some great short reads.

An * marks those that may be a more challenging short read due to the style of writing:

Don't know where to start? I have listed them in a suggested order to help you work your way up to a true love of books. If you are a teen or adult I suggest that you start with #3, Sara Plain and Tall.

1. The Spiderwick Chronicles by:Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

This is a great book at the start of a series. It is the first series I read as an adult. I loved that the print was a little bigger, the fun textured paper edge and it follows the adventures of a set of twins and their sister. Siblings learning to get along and working to protect each other.

2. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson by:Beatrix Potter

This is a great read for a child who has learned to read but intimidated by a full chapter book. Beatrix Potter always introduces beautiful pictures with thought and sophistication.

3. Sara Plain and Tall by:Patricia MacLachlan

This is a beautiful story about a family who has a woman move into the house with their family after their mother had passed away.

4. Skylark (sequel to Sara Plain and Tall) by:Patricia MacLachlan

This is the sequel to Sara Plain and Tall

5. The Little Prince by:Antoine De Saint-Exupery

You will not experience any book like The Little Prince. The vocabulary you will experience is off the charts and the story will expand your mind in many ways.

6. Winnie the Pooh by:A. A. Milne

OK, I really don't need to tell you anything about this book but the humor and hidden messages should be enjoyed by adults as well as children.

7. A Bear Called Paddington by:Michael Bond

Here is another great book about an entertaining bear. A great motivator is that there is a movie you could watch after reading the book.