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Published May 28th 2013
If you have a young child who's not all that interested in reading but you want them to be, try and get them onto some of these books and it'll kickstart their love for reading!
First and foremost, one of the most well known children's book series is Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda. This series set in a mythical land filled with magic and monsters, has been captivating kids for years and is a great read. It's particularly fun if you can find the holographic covers for the book which just add that little bit more awe to the magical series. There are three series in total making a grand sum of 15 books which will keep your kids entertained for ages. There are also side books such as the Deltora Book of Monsters that can accompany the series. If your kids really love these books they may also start reading some of the other books by the beloved author such as The Key To Rondo which can set the ball rolling on reading many, many more books.
Another fun series for kids is Colin Thompson's The Floods, which is about a magical family and their weird and whacky lives. The books are good for younger kids as they have many silly jokes and references in them, as well as two accompanying picture books. You can find out more about these books on the interactive website www.thefloods.com.au or check up on updates here www.colinthompson.com/floods. There are so far 12 books and 2 picture books and these books will spark your kids imagination and tickle their funny bone.
Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events is a good starter and it also works as an interesting dictionary, putting in longer and more complicated words and explaining them as part of the writing style. The first book is on special offer for $5 so that you can get it cheaply and see if you like it before buying the rest of the series. There's also a movie about the first three books if your child gets really into the saga. It's very interesting, the only pitfall I can see is that there are many questions that are left unanswered which can lead to an annoying ending but besides that it's a well loved children's series.