13 Books Every Child Should Read

The average American child spends 30 to 60 minutes reading each day and two hours a day watching TV.

That's a stark contrast.

As children get older, reading time drops and television viewing rises. According to a Scholastic study, some children ages 12 to 17 only read 4.7 books a year, while children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of six hours a day staring at a screen.

It might be tempting to give children the license to run wild when they have free time, but consider taking the opportunity to introduce them to reading for fun. After all, in the words of author Frank Serafini, "There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book."

To the help the effort, we compiled a list of 13 books children of all ages and interests will enjoy. These books are filled with adventure and wonder, and all can easily be read in a week's time.

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