As you know, your Captain dislikes reading books. I am of the opinion they will INEVITABLY make every book a movie and why waste time reading. My mother is actually quite upset I procrastinated long enough to avoid having to read Atlas Shrugged that they did inevitably make it into a movie.
However, for those of you who do like reading or have weird children who also like reading I am recommending THE ONLY series of books I ever read as a child AND LIKED. "The Chronicles of Prydain" which includes "The Black Cauldron" (made into a movie, actually), The High King, and three other books, the names of which escape me now.
I strongly recommend buying them for one of your little tykes for a gift or if you're just trying to get them to read. They will thoroughly enjoy the series, and they will have the ADDED BONUS of having an increased chance of turning out like me!
(All commission proceeds will go to the Captain's motorcycle gas fund).