Brilliant books for reluctant readers this Christmas

The Egmont Christmas Elves have been at it again – rounding up book recommendations to make Christmas gifts easy! This time, they’ve looked for the perfect books for reluctant readers this Christmas.

Books are the second most popular Christmas present to receive at Christmas, after chocolate. While we love chocolate, at Egmont we really love books, and luckily our bookshelves are brimming with wonderful books to choose from at Christmas.

Our publishing team has put together a list of the top books for reluctant readers to help you choose the perfect Christmas gift. From annuals to classics, new releases to popular comedies, we have books to suit children of all ages.

fiction for reluctant readers

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman, is recommended as a perfect book for reluctant readers by Liz Bankes, Commissioning Editor.

Liz says ‘THE TRUTH IS A LEMON MERINGUE! I feel very jealous of anyone who has not yet read the Mr Gum books – you have the MOST hilarious time ahead of you. And what better Christmas present is there than a MOST hilarious time? Meet unforgettable characters, like the brilliant Polly, Friday O’Leary, and Alan Taylor, the gingerbread man with electric muscles – and of course and horrible old Mr Gum himself. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up, and fans of laughing.’

The Last Kids on Earth

Another great book for reluctant readers fromLiz Bankes, Commissioning Editor, is The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier and illustrated by Douglas Holgate.

Liz says ‘Wimpy Kid-style humour + graphic novel-style illustrations + THE ZOMBIE MONSTER APOCALYPSE = The Last Kids on Earth! This is a super-fun, super-accessible, just plain super zombie comedy for 8+ readers. The author is also a video game-designer, which shines through in the way the text and illustrations interact with each other, and Douglas Holgate’s artwork might inspire some budding comic book artists too!. (Warning: reading this book might result in games of real-life Mario Kart and monster apocaylpse tree house forts popping up around the house.)’

The Magic Misfits

New release The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris, illustrated by Lissy Marlin and Kyle Hilton, cover illustration by David Litchfield, is a top choice for reluctant readers by Lydia Silver, Editorial Assistant. Lydia says ‘This Christmas cracker is two gifts in one! Children will love the warm-hearted adventures of Carter, Leila and the Magic Misfits gang, and then they’ll spend the rest of Christmas day trying out the included magic tricks. Prepare to be bamboozled…’

Barry Loser: I am Not a Loser

Barry Loser: I am Not a Loser by Jim Smith has been chosen by Lydia Silver, Editorial Assistant.

Lydia says ‘Meet everyone’s favourite Loser in the book that Tom Fletcher called ‘the funniest book in the book club’. With hilarious illustrations on every page, this fast-paced adventure is the perfect Christmas gift for reluctant readers. And with another eight books in the series, if this book is a hit, you’ll never be stuck for Christmas present ideas again!’

Non fiction for reluctant readers

The 2018 Pokémon Annual

Annuals can make brilliant presents for reluctant readers, and the Pokémon Annual is a real favourite. Jane Riordan, Editor, recommends this book. ‘Kids have the most extraordinary capacity to learn the longest most complex Pokémon names! Even the most reluctant of readers will know the difference between Palossands and Passimians in no time with this indispensable book.’

The Beaty and the Beast Annual 2018

Another amazing annual for reluctant readers is the beautiful Beauty and the Beast Annual 2018, which comes recommended by Catherine Shoolbred, Editor. Catherine says ‘Even reluctant readers will love the Beauty and the Beast Annual 2018, which is packed full of images and activities that capture the magic of the movie. It’s a perfect Christmas stocking gift!’

Minecraft Guide Collection

Millions of children the world over love playing Minecraft, which makes the Minecraft Guide Collection a fantastic present for Minecraft fans as well as a great way to get reluctant readers to pick up a book.

Helen Archer, Editorial Assistant recommends the Minecraft Guide Collection, as ‘This is the perfect collection for Minecraft fans who usually avoid reading. The four guides teach your little gamer all they need to know about Exploring, creating, using Redstone and the dangerous dimensions of the Nether and the End, and it even gets them away from the screen for a while.’

My Little Pony Storybook

Cloe Boyes, Assistant Editor, recommends the My Little Pony Storybook for reluctant readers this Christmas. Cloe says ‘It’s Twilight Sparkle and her friends against the evil Storm King in this re-telling of the movie. Expect underwater kingdoms, magic spells and a clan of parrot pirates – what’s not to love?’

Books for reluctant younger readers

Tintin – Secret of the Unicorn

Louise Grosart, Senior Commissioning Editor, recommends the young reader edition of the much beloved Tintin – Secret of the Unicorn. Louse says ‘The Adventures of Tintin is a thrilling adventure series for young readers, and this special edition has extra information about how Hergé wrote the story.’

Hide and Spot: Zoo on the Move

Hide and Spot: Zoo on the Move by Lo Cole is a great recommendation for reluctant readers from Faith Booker, Senior Designer. Faith says ‘With tonnes of hilarious, mischievous animals to spot – as well as other hidden gems – this fun, interactive picture book is perfect for children and adults to enjoy together.’

Where’s the Elephant?

Becky Brown, Editorial Assistant, suggests Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux as a perfect book for reluctant readers this Christmas. Becky says ‘This almost wordless picture book introduces the idea of deforestation in a beautiful and powerful way. Captivating and poignant, it is perfect for encouraging parent and child discussion.’

Dinosaur’s United

Senior Commissioning Editor Emma Dods puts forward Dinosaur’s United, written by Sam Hay and illustrated by‎ Daron Parton, as her choice.

She says ‘Football, dinosaurs AND pirates all in ONE book! This fast-paced and fun-packed story comes with an amazing 3D T. rex mask for children to dress-up with and join the Dinosaurs United football team as they get together to defeat the Cowardly Custard Pirate Crew!’

Browse the Egmont bookshelves to find lots more brilliant titles for reluctant readers this Christmas.

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