Hi-Lo Books for Reluctant or Struggling Readers

Hi-lo (high-interest, low readability) books are designed to engage struggling readers by exploring complex, age-appropriate themes at a lower reading level. Simple sentences, controlled vocabulary, lower page counts, and short chapters are intended to help struggling readers build comprehension and fluency skills, hopefully, leading to an interest in reading. The books in this list are geared toward 2nd and 3rd graders. Visit SLJ and Reading Rockets for more information.

cover art The Buddy Files series by Dori Hillestad Butler
Youth Early Chapter Books BUDDY FILES
cover art Bug Blonsky series by E. S. Redmond
Youth Early Chapter Books BUG
cover art The Escapades of Clint McCool series by Jane Kelley
Youth Early Chapter Books CLINT MCCOOL
cover art The Critter Club series by Callie Barkley
Youth Early Chapter Books CRITTER CLUB
cover art Dear Beast series by Dory Hilestad Butler
Youth Early Chapter Books DEAR BEAST
cover art Layla and the Bots series by Vicky Fang
Youth Early Chapter Books LAYLA
cover art Lotus Lane series by Kyla May
Youth Early Chapter Books LOTUS LANE
cover art Lucky 8 series by Lea Taddonio
Youth Early Chapter Books LUCKY
cover art The Major Eights series by Melody Reed
Youth Early Chapter Books MAJOR
cover art The Secret Cases of Maximus Todd series by L. M. Nicodemo
Youth Early Chapter Books MAXIMUS TODD
cover art Missy series by Susan Nees
Youth Early Chapter Books MISSY
cover art My Weird School series by Dan Gutman
Youth Early Chapter Books MY WEIRD SCHOOL
cover art Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliot
Youth Early Chapter Books OWL DIARIES
cover art Press Start series by Thomas Flintham
Youth Early Chapter Books PRESS START
cover art Princess Pink series by Noah Jones
Youth Early Chapter Books PRINCESS PINK
cover art Rm 201 series by Kelly Rogers
Youth Early Chapter Books RM 201
cover art Stella and the Night Sprites series by Sam Hay
Youth Early Chapter Books STELLA
cover art DC Super Pets series by various authors
Youth Early Chapter Books SUPER PETS

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06/24/21 jk