Despite parents’ best efforts, some children are reluctant readers. How do you get them to read?
First, you have to find topics that interest your child. What are his interests? Is she drawn to magazines or comic books?
Any age-appropriate material can help encourage a reluctant reader. These children are often drawn to materials with many pictures and headings. Lincoln Usborne Books educational consultant, Miriam LeBlanch suggests, “High picture-to-text ratios, larger-sized print, the spacing of the print, and larger margins help children get past the fear of reading.”
Explore your Lincoln library or bookstore to find materials with these presentations. See my Favorite kid-friendly magazines list. If your child likes cartoons, find books featuring her favorite character. Graphic novels and periodicals can entice some reluctant readers, particularly children who enjoy manga characters (Pokémon, Yu-gi-oh). See my list of Books to entice reluctant readers on my webpage.
Ellen Curtis, a Lincoln book aficionado, suggests series books for reluctant readers. Ellen explains,
The ’39 Clues’ series is great to encourage reading with the challenge of solving the mystery. The ‘Nancy Drew Mystery Stories’ series is popular with young girls; while many boys enjoy the horror of the ‘Goosebumps’ series.
Ellen also suggests sports-themed books by authors such as Andrew Gutelle and Percy Jackson.
Miriam recommends Usborne’s “Conspiracy 365” series, which offers one book per month for 12 months. Miriam says, “This is a great reading enticement for 5th graders and up.” Miriam encouraged one reluctant reader to try the series. She asked him to read the first book so she could get his opinion on the series. He was honored and pleased to comply. He also wanted to know when he could get the next book.
Miriam mentioned that Usborne offers a cost-conscious reading program which has sold over 4 million books since 2002. From Usborne ads:
The program consists of 7 levels, within which a wide variety of titles is designed to capture the imagination and build the confidence of beginner readers, and also to motivate and inspire those who find reading difficult or dull. There’s something to appeal to everyone.
It includes classics and non-fiction titles with a variety of illustrations and photos. Contact Miriam through her Usborne Books link for more information and help in selecting books for your reluctant reader.
Read with your reluctant reader, taking turns for each page, and instill a love of reading in your child!