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If your child says that books are boring, delve a little deeper to find out if books are really boring. Or is boring is kid-code for something else?
To find out, ask questions like:
“Do you remember any books that weren’t boring? “If you could read a not-boring book, what would it be about?” “Does boring mean tricky?”
If boring means boring, hooray! That’s quite a bit simpler than tricky. All you have to do is find the right book to hook your child into reading or right motivation to make reading fun. If boring means too tricky, then can use Book Love to figure out what part of the reading processes are challenging for your child. Book Love includes quick and easy home assessments.
1. Get silly. Most kids are silly. Get books that will crack your kids up – no matter what age, gender, or interest. (Funny books listed in the last chapter of Book Love.)
2. Get social. Start a parent-child book club of your own. Gender and grade specific book clubs usually work best because of reading level and interest.
3. Get geeky. Kids love technology. Use that love to develop a love for reading, too. Read on a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or the computer. All have selections of good electronic books (e-books) for kids. (E-books books listed in the last chapter of Book Love.)
4. Get graphic novels. Graphic novels (full-length comic-style stories) don’t deserve the lack of reading status they’ve been given. They very much count as reading. Why not encourage it your kids to try one?
5. Get book bucks. Give your child money to spend on books – either at the bookstore or at a yard sale. With young children, instead of money, give them a book buck worth one book of any price. Printable Book Love Book Bucks.
6. Get movies. Want to see the movie? Read the book first. Or vice-versa. But usually the book beats the movie hands-down.
7. Get cozy. Make an enticing place for your child to curl up with a good book. Use your spaces and imagination. With your child’s help, designate a tent, corner, or closet for his reading nook. Your goal is to get your child to LOVE stories. Keep trying. Find out what motivates your child to move beyond “books are boring”.
Does your reluctant reader think books are boring?
*Excerpted from my forthcoming book, Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader, the book I wish I had as a teacher and parent of reluctant readers. On November 15, 2012, Book Love will go on sale AND I have lots of gifts to give you if you buy Book Love November 15 through November 18. (A free book from Newmark Learning, sweepstakes for $200 from Learning Resources, and more.)