Short Stories Inspire Chapter Books!
Books of short stories can motivate kids to read! Especially those kids who don't like reading! Short stories help kids feel more successful as they can finish a short story quickly! And they're perfect for reluctant readers!
Just like adults, kids have their own taste and they'll all have different taste in genres. The trick is to get kids hooked on a book or series that they like! Children need to explore different genres to find out which one they like the best. After they love one genre they will usually want to venture out and try other ones, but short stories are a great way to get a child to start reading!
Baseball in April by Gary Soto: The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in California’s Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life. Crooked teeth, ponytailed girls, embarrassing grandfathers, imposter Barbies, annoying brothers, Little League tryouts, and karate lessons weave the colorful fabric of Soto’s world. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us.
Flying Lessons and other stories by Ellen Oh: This is a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers. From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.
Five-Minute Mini-Mysteries by Stan Smith: Detective Stanwick is back! And you are about to be challenged by 30 exciting mysteries.Each one takes only about five minutes to read. Every puzzle combines features of the traditional whodunit (physical clues, red herrings, means, motive, opportunity, time sequences) with logic puzzles (true-false statements, matching suspects with occupations, even a little math).
Jimmy the Giraffe by Uncle Amon: is the tallest animal in the jungle. Along with his best friend, Jayne the jaguar; they find lots of fun adventures to go on! This is an excellent read for beginning and early readers. Each story is easy to read and exciting. Cute and bright illustrations for younger readers and a free coloring book.
Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson. Here are nine delightfully funny stories about the triumphs and tribulations of the citizens of Moominvalley. Readers will discover how the Moomin family saves young Ninny from permanent invisibility, and what happens when Moomintroll catches the last dragon in the world. Some of the characters in these tales will be brand-new to Moomin fans, but there are lots of old friends to meet as well.
Funny Things I Heard on the Bus Stop by Angela Giroux: The four stories in this volume are tales of a magic teleportravelling bowl, a mysterious teacher that may or may not be a secret agent working for the government, a wonderful tale of an instrument called the Mysterious Window where things come to life in its view and a crazy story about one boy's quest to become tall enough to ride the new roller coaster at the county fair.
Half-Minute Horrors by Susan Rich: This book has the scariest stories ever created, with more than seventy instant thrills from the likes of Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stine, Holly Black, Brett Helquist, and Margaret Atwood. You’ll never look at your closet door, your cat, your sock drawer, or even yourself in the mirror the same way again!
Mind Swapping Madness by Tom E. Moffatt: This is a super silly collection of stories. A few of these silly stories are about, a boy in a fly's body, a toad waiting to be kissed, horses that know Morse code and aliens who hijack children's bodies! These hilarious stories by award-winning author, Tom E. Moffatt, transport your child to a world where mind-swapping is possible. But be warned: looking in the mirror will never be the same again.
Short stories can motivate kids to read more and more!! If your child does not love to read - there's a book out there that will turn the key to the love of reading. The key is to find a genre that will hook him/her on reading and short stories might just be that genre!
And Check out my Recommended Books on these Genre Pages:
- Funny Books
- Graphic Novels
- Scary Books
- Joke Books
- Historical Fiction
- Realistic Fiction
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