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6 yr old excellent reader but reluctant to read books?

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Irritationcity Mon 17-Apr-17 19:51:30

Son is great reader, does really well in school, but I can't seem to coax him into reading. He likes bedtime stories but although we venture into easy level chapter books, he just wants to keep going back to picture books.

He's 6. I know he's young. But I'm a huge reader, so I hope we share the same interest. Is there anything I can do to encourage or leave well alone?

mistyegg Mon 17-Apr-17 19:54:00

Maybe try non fiction books on things he is interested in - the DK books are good. Also comic books are a good alternative

mistyegg Mon 17-Apr-17 20:21:28

What I meant to add was if he's already a great reader but you want to keep it going focus on his interests to keep the interest in reading going rather than going to books that don't capture his attention in the same way. Also going to a library or book store is a good way of sharing new books of all kinds together. I'm sure the interest in fiction will come in time - especially since he's already great at reading he must be practicing on something already!

Irritationcity Mon 17-Apr-17 20:31:21

Hi, thanks Misty.

Yes, I think you're right. He prefers non fiction at the moment, so i should really encourage that. I'll check out the DK books. Hadn't thought of comic books - thanks!

LostInTheColonies Mon 17-Apr-17 20:46:43

You could try the Treehouse books (Andy Griffiths). Fiction, but lots of cartoony illustrations, and funny. These were like flipping a reading switch for my DD at 6, who went from competent but unenthusiastic to complete bookwork overnight. Was lovely to see grin

Irritationcity Mon 17-Apr-17 20:53:37

Thanks Lost. I've just bought one online. It looks good!

tessiebear4 Mon 17-Apr-17 21:02:39

I wouldn't push it. I was an extremely able reader, but was pushed and pushed by my parents and by school, and I now will do anything rather than read a book.

Irritationcity Mon 17-Apr-17 21:03:41

Yes, that's what I'm afraid of Tessiebear. I need to be careful.

anotherdayanothersquabble Mon 17-Apr-17 21:08:11

The Phoenix Comic is worth looking at ...

My now 8 year old liked the idea of reading chapter books but took a long time to actually get into reading them. We worked through the Flat Stanley books, Stink series, Beast Quest and some others where he started and we carried on...

Muddlingalongalone Mon 17-Apr-17 21:08:45

My 6 year old dd is exactly the same. Capable of reading short chapter books but prefers to stick with picture books to read to herself & have chapter books read to her.
Sometimes she'll read a couple of pages/a chapter while I'm reading to her or tell me off when I paraphrase for not reading what it says.
I have decided on the laid back approach - I'd rather she was picking up a Mr man/little miss book for pleasure than refusing/hating being forced to read something she doesn't want to

confusedaboutthis Mon 17-Apr-17 21:13:25

These 'Science Quest' books were a real hit in our house:
www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=453945
There are others in the series as well - history, maths etc.
You have to follow clues and flip back and forth through the books, answering questions in order to solve each mystery. They are good at expanding vocabulary, without being as overwhelming as a chapter book.

Yika Mon 17-Apr-17 21:17:40

Does it really matter if he goes back to picture books? He's still within the age range for them. I would tend to leave well alone and let him find his own interests.

Irritationcity Mon 17-Apr-17 21:22:32

Yes, I think I need to sit back and let him get on with it

gojettersgo Mon 17-Apr-17 21:28:54

My DS1 is 6 and exactly as you describe. So a bit of empathy from me rather than any suggestions. He reads horrid Henry at a push but not much else. I'll catch him reading papers, magazines, letters etc though, which is good as it exposes him to different styles of writing and vocabulary, which is more important. I do feel however that he is missing out on expanding and exploring his imagination, narrative writing styles and the sheer pleasure of getting lost in a book by not enjoying fiction.

Hopefully, he will improve but I would be a little disappointed for him, as I am a real bookworm.

Irritationcity Mon 17-Apr-17 21:40:59

Gojettersgo - that's v similar. He reads all the time, just not books. I'm a fiction writer - it makes me sad to think he won't get immense pleasure from reading fiction. But a) he's too young to write off b) pushing him won't get me far c) this is probably about me more than it is about him

Sittinginthesun Mon 17-Apr-17 21:47:29

DS1 has never really enjoyed fiction, other than Harry Potter, and a few other random favourites. From 6-10 years he read mother other than history books, and Horrible Histories. He still prefers non fiction - going through a Bill Bryson thing at the moment (if it reassures you, his English results at school are very good).

DS2 reads tonnes, but his passion is the Beano. He'd rather read that than anything else.

gojettersgo Mon 17-Apr-17 21:48:20

Irrationcity- I do wonder if I'm projecting- DH has got perfectly through life without reading, but it's one of those simple pleasures in life. I guess it's more nature than nurture. I'm going to keep gently trying though, as you say they're too young to write off.

All,suggestions welcome!

Muddlingalongalone Mon 17-Apr-17 21:49:13

It's not reading but in terms of exploring fiction/imagination have you seen Rory's story cubes?
I got them at Christmas for dd and she loves them & the creative element.

user1471558436 Mon 17-Apr-17 21:51:39

Follow his interests book wise. The most important thing is that he's engaged and develops a reading habit. Don't push him out of his comfort zone but do keep introducing new types of books. So mystery, comedy. You actually might find that the beans is a nice halfway house between image and words.

user1471558436 Mon 17-Apr-17 21:52:49

He beano

consciencemakescowards Mon 17-Apr-17 22:06:52

I don't know how DD2 is such a good reader and as it turns out, creative writer. She rarely looks at the 100s of books in her room. Not that interested. I loved reading as a child so it has been hard to accept that my children just aren't that into it!

They have lots of other ways to entertain themselves. In the 1980s, for me it was read a book or do nothing at times!

Comics, magazines, etc as long as age apt are fine in my view. As long as they are reading something.

Agree that some children just prefer fact type books rather than following a story. Maybe my children just don't have that sort of concentration i.e. to follow a novel.

Imaginosity Mon 17-Apr-17 22:57:07

My 7 year old son can read very well but is happiest reading comics like the Beano -

scotjls Mon 17-Apr-17 23:06:07

I second the Treehouse books, overnight transformation here too.

The Usborne Beginners books are really good too. Factual on a wide range of topics (e.g. dinosaurs, volcanoes, the Vikings, ballet, frogs & tadpoles....), and the inside covers show all the other books in the range so they can choose what they fancy reading next. You can buy them individually on eBay.

My daughter is also really enjoying 'The Week' which is a kids newspaper. You can subscribe online and get 6 week free trial.

Astro55 Mon 17-Apr-17 23:12:28

It's just as important to read to them - get some good children's fiction books

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And read too him so he can hear new words and grammar etc

tessiebear4 Tue 18-Apr-17 09:10:20

I can tell my parents are a bit disappointed that I rarely read fiction, and I'm in my forties! The fact that I am perfectly successful in my career, have a wide range of interests etc seems to have passed them by.

They still buy me books for my birthday that are very interesting - to them. He will find his own way in the world.

By the way, every now and then I discover a brilliant book and really enjoy it. Just not every day.

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