Do you love to read? I sure do, and one of the questions I love answering for my students is ‘what books do you recommend?’ Over my time as a teacher I have come up with a pretty comprehensive book list for English Language Learners.
One of the things I have noticed is that often English Language Learners will want to read popular books like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, and I have to tell you, stop! Many of the words in these fantasy novels aren’t real words, it’s confusing and you’ll spend half your time with your head in a dictionary, ruining the fun of the story. As a general rule, fantasy is the hardest genre to read. Science-fiction is a little easier because most of the invented words are based on roots you may recognized, but I highly recommend reading Young Adult books in either action/adventure, romance, thriller or something similar. Why Young Adult?
Because the plot lines are tighter, the language is simpler and the pace is faster so even though you’re reading at a slower pace, you won’t get bored of trudging through hundreds of pages of poetic and confusing language.
So without further ado, here are my top five books for three levels
General Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
General: Boy by Roald Dahl
Romance/ Comedy: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Georgia Rennison
Action Adventure: Survival: Alpha Force by Chris Ryan
Horror: The Gone Series by Michael Grant
General: Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin
General: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Romance: Matched by Ally Condie
Action Adventure: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
Horror: The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn
General: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
General: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Romance: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Action Adventure: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Horror: This Dark Earth by John Hornor Jacobs