I wanted to ask advice about boys and reading. I read to my 6 and 8-year-old boys regularly but cannot encourage them to read by themselves. Does anyone have any tips to encourage them to read besides forcing them to pick up a book, which I fear will be counterproductive?
One of mine was not bothered with fiction at all. He enjoyed some history books, loved getting Guinness Book of Records for Christmas at about 8 years old and generally later on only read non fiction. Until he read Lord of the Rings and then as a teen he did read the Harry Potter books!
My 6yo DS loves reading things like “Lego superhero character guide” or fact books about dinosaurs He also reads a lot of horrid Henry books, particularly the joke books - I hear him sniggering in bed when he’s supposed to be asleep, quite cute really!
What do they like? Books on their favourite topic are a good start. DS1 (8) likes graphic novels. Both boys are allowed to put on the lights half an hour before they need to get up for school, and can read in this time. This was attractive too!
Once you’ve got them reading something and want to encourage more traditional type books, the Tom gates books are a good bet. They’re absolutely full of pictures and primary school children find them hilarious.
Do get the Phoenix though. I guarantee they’ll love bunny vs monkey, which is in it every week.
One strategy can always be to read something TO them (and notice if they seem to be really enganged) but then stop at a cliffhanger / stop half way through, leaving them to finish it themselves if they want to find out what happens.