14 June 2011

Building a Reader

I have two boys who enjoy reading.

I can't say that they love it like I do. They have a few things that beat reading when it comes to picking an activity. Video games, playing outside and watching a movie are on the short list too.

Being readers though is important to me. Being able to get lost in a story keeps them coming back. The trick is to find stories that do this.

Here's the top five series that are sure to satisfy my 7 and 11 year old:
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (whole series)
  • Amulet
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Little Critter
  • Almost anything published by DK Publishing
There's a common theme here. Did you spot it?

All of the books let the boys understand the world through someone else. Simple really. They found a way to identify with the characters and are willing to suspend their disbelief so that they can experience the story.

Getting them to read something new is a challenge. They aren't confident that the next book will satisfy them so they keep reading favorites. And reading those builds their confidence.

What books have you found success with for your kids to read?

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