Tuesday Tales – Battling Reluctant Summer Readers (Giveaway)

As a teacher, I loved helping my students to locate books that THEY wanted to read. Sure there was required reading, but young readers also need to have items that they want to turn the pages of. It is so important to find books that connect with children, especially if they are reluctant readers. I know it may be hard to believe, but some children do not adore reading. Last summer, I battled my own reluctant reader. My son, who had just finished second grade, did not want to touch a chapter book. Thanks to online resources, we found books that helped us to crack this problem.

Recently, SourceBook contacted me with a fun new campaign:

Your mission this summer, should you choose to accept it: Combat The Reluctant Reader Epidemic that is sweeping the nation. The only cure: books that disguise reading as something fun for unsuspecting kids!

Reluctant Readers Road to Recovery Guide

To help parents, teachers, and children out, they have created a Field Guide to Young Readers. Included in this are the four readers shown above and others. They then point people to a book suggestion that would fit their styles.

The Make-Believer has more imagination frequent flier miles than a Pan Am stewardess! The best cure for this case of Reluctant Reading is Elliot and the Last Underworld War by Jennifer Nielsen (Author of The False Prince). The Make-Believer will be thrilled to join the sarcastically hilarious Elliot in the Underworld. As the King of the Brownies, Elliot has battled Goblins, tricked Pixies, and trapped a Demon. But now, the Demon has escaped and he’s ready for revenge. So, the Pixies, Shapeshifters, Elves, Goblins, and Brownies must join forces to battle the Demon head on before he has the chance to destroy Earth.

Elliot and the Last Underworld War


Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire

The Daredevil thinks trick-or-treating should apply to everyday life, especially the tricks! Cure their hunger for trouble with Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon. Not even your daredevil will believe what Henry is up to next in these four new wonderful and wacky tales. The international bestselling Horrid Henry series provides readers with a prankster whose relentless antics create a laugh-out-loud read. WARNING: Do not allow daredevils to consume milk while reading or milk may spray from the nose!


The BFF has matching bracelets with all her friends and wins Miss Congeniality every year. This is a case of Reluctant Reading that can only be cured with Hailey Twitch and the Wedding Glitch by Lauren Barnholdt. Hailey Twitch and her spirited sprite Maybelle, return in the fourth installment to the fab, fab, fabulous series. The BFF will be delighted to read as Hailey gets ready to be a flower girl in her cousin’s wedding! Maybelle’s mischief and fairy magic is back and might land the duo in trouble!

Hailey Twitch and the Wedding Glitch


Jason Steed: Revenge

Bruce Lee 2.0 can quote Enter the Dragon from start to finish and has broken table lamps with leg kicks. The only cure for such readers (and your house) is to follow the UK’s youngest secret agent in Jason Steed: Revenge by Mark A. Cooper. Set in a fast-paced 1970s Britain with non-stop excitement and martial arts fight scenes, Revenge is perfect for kids who aspire to be the next martial arts master and are looking for adventure stories and heroes who aren’t afraid to take action. In the thrilling follow-up to Fledgling Jason is sent on a new undercover mission and must infiltrate a shadowy criminal organization –but his luck is running out.


SourceBooks would like to help your family to bust the Reluctant Reader Blues with a chance to win the four books listed above (I am jealous since I have not had a chance to read them yet).

Rules for Giveaway:

  • MAIN RULE – Which category of reader would you and/or your child fit into and why?  (1) EMO Valley, (2) Reluctant Reader, (3) Status Updater, (4) Bruce Lee 2.0, (5) Jake Ryan, (6) Make-Believer, (7) Daredevil, (8) Future Newbery Winner, (9) Mini-Martha Stewart, (10) Gamer, (11) BFF, or (12) Leonardo DaVinci  (Field Guide to Young Readers has more information on these types)

The following Bonus Entries may also be done. Please be sure to leave separate comments for each that you complete below to make sure you get the right number of entries.

  • 1 Bonus Entry – Follow  TheAngelForever on Twitter and leave a comment with your Twitter name below.
  • 1 Bonus Entry – What are you and your family reading this summer?  What have you read recently? Include something you read on your own, with a child, or someone else. Tuesday Tales are all about spreading the love for books.
  • 1 Bonus Entry – Tweet the following about the giveaway: #Giveaway for #SummerReading package for reluctant readers from @Sourcebooks @jabberwockykids & @TheAngelForever http://bit.ly/M6YQPK  #win (May be done once a day – leave link to Tweet in comment below for new entry)

To enter, please follow the rules above within the comment section. Giveaway begins July 24, 2012 and ends July 31, 2012 at 10:59 EST. You do not have to be a blogger to enter, but must leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you for mailing address once the giveaway is over. I will select the winner using random.org and contact you via e-mail. You will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If there is no response, another winner will be selected. Open to US and Canada residents only.

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Disclosure: This post was not compensated in any way. The information about the books was provided by Sourcebooks. As a teacher and parent who has worked with children that are reluctant readers, I wanted to share this information and opportunity with my readers.

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