Enticing titles for reluctant readers

By Scottish Book Trust

Enticing titles for reluctant readers

By Scottish Book Trust

It can be hard to find the right book to turn a young person onto reading, so here are a few of our favourites which we are sure will intrigue and engage even the most reluctant of readers.

Illustrated Stories from the Greek Myths

Lesley Sims and Various

£16.99 £16.14

This collection of (sometimes) gruesome Greek Myths is perfect for dipping in and out of and is sure to grasp the interest of even the most reluctant reader.

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Kevin Crossley-Holland and Jeffrey Alan Love

£20.00 £19.00

Jeffrey Alan Love’s graphic illustrations pair perfectly with the often dark and foreboding Norse tales. Short story collections and myths are a great way to incise reluctant readers into books and stories.

The Dog that Saved Christmas

Nicola Davies and Mike Byrne

£7.99 £7.59

We love this poignant take of Jake, who finds the festive period challenging when his routine changes and people’s emotions are hard to read. It is a great read from accessible publisher Barrington Stoke.

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman

£7.99 £7.59

This is a hilarious and laugh out loud book for children and parents alike. The clever humour comes from the situations being described- it always makes us chuckle! Perfect for readers looking to move beyond Roald Dahl.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Liz Pichon

£7.99 £7.59

We love the combination of cartoons, doodles and storytelling in this hilarious and entertaining adventure starring Tom and portrayed through his homework diary.

The Stonekeeper

Kazu Kibuishi

£10.99 £10.44

An absolutely thrilling read, this graphic novel is sure to have even the most reluctant reader hooked! Man-eating demons, giant robots and an octopus- what’s not to love?

40 Inspiring Icons: Fantastic Footballers: Meet 40 game changers

Jean-Michel Billioud and Almasty


This non-fiction title is prefect for dipping in and out of- it covers a great range of footballers iconic to the game. There is just so much to learn about your favourite football stars- perfect for an enthusiastic football fan, but less enthusiastic reader.

Dear Professor Whale

Megumi Iwasa and Jun Takabatake

£6.99 £6.64

We love this story of the ocean Olympics. Beautifully illustrated, it is the perfect transitional book, situated somewhere between a picture and chapter book.

Swimming Against the Storm

Jess Butterworth

£7.99 £7.59

This book is so dramatic that we were flying through the pages, and we think that reluctant readers will be too – especially if they're interested in animals or the environment.

Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts!

Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang, et al.

£6.99 £6.64

We loved meeting Sam in the first book in this hilarious illustrated series which encourages children to face their fears, with plenty of mishaps along the way.

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

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£7.99 £7.59

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created some fantastic stories together, and this is a perfect one for reluctant readers to start with – we loved the character of Kevin and the important role played by biscuits.

Fortunately, the Milk . . .

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

£7.99 £7.59

The storytelling in this book is absolutely fantastic, with so many hysterical moments that even the most reluctant reader will be totally captivated.

The Truth Pixie

Matt Haig and Chris Mould

£9.99 £9.49

We loved this short, rhyming read about finding hope during difficult times – it's a lovely message for readers of all ages.

Scotland's Animal Superstars: True Stories About Braw Birds and Beasties

Kimberlie Hamilton

£7.99 £7.59

There’s a wow factor about how many wonderful animal stars we have in Scotland, makes us feel proud and curious!

i-SPY Dogs: Spy it! Score it!


£3.99 £3.79

This fun pocket book gives you points for spotting dogs and presents little fact nuggets for the dog buffs. Easy to dip in and out on the go!

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