Resistant readers and the parents who love them
Not all children think they love reading and many kids would rather do anything but sit down with a book.
With a bit of help from their loving, determined parents, and some helpful tips and tricks, even the most resistant reader just might come around.
Matching your child with the right book is the best thing you can do to get them reading, but it can be tricky to find that one book that spurs a love of reading. Working from a book list is a great option because the bulk of the work is done for you.
ReadKiddoRead, a website created by popular author James Patterson, is a helpful resource for finding the right book for your child.
Drop Everything and Read has a great book list divided up by age of the reader.
If you have a son who hasn’t discovered the joy of reading, check out Guys Read, a site that breaks books into categories to match readers with books they’re sure to love. With a list of categories that includes robots, animals and action/adventure, your child will quickly find the perfect book.
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Hand over the wheel
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Reading is reading and if kids discover that words transport them, they’re more likely to give books a chance.
A small study conducted by Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding how children learn through digital media, found that children in the study preferred reading an e-book to a print book and that comprehension between the two formats was equal. Hand over your Kindle, Nook or iPad and see if that does the trick.
Supply a book and a timer
Show them how it's done
Keep the ball rolling
It may take some time to show your child that reading can be fun, but by providing him with a supportive environment and some guidance, you may be surprised by just how much he comes to enjoy reading.