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Reading books for boys - reception

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fruitstick Fri 14-Jan-11 20:18:48

DS1 is in reception. Is doing well with his reading and has been moved up from pink to red.

However he really doesn't seem to enjoy many of the reading books. Some of them are awful. I realise that I am going to have to get acquainted with Biff and Kipper et al but he is very reluctant to read them.

I have asked the teacher to include some non-fiction books (he has had one or two) which he is more enthusiastic about. We read lots of books at home but few he is able to read comfortably.

Can you recommend any different reading books that he might be more interested in which are about that level?

Am tempted to find some Peter and Jane grin

MigratingCoconuts Fri 14-Jan-11 20:20:14

I believe oxford reading tree do some nonfiction books that are banded...worth checking their website

exexpat Fri 14-Jan-11 20:31:19

Scholastic do some quite good series of graded early readers which appeal to different interests - DS had some of the Scooby Doo readers, they also do Lego ones which might appeal to boys your DS' age.

Dorling Kindersley do Star Wars readers, and DD had a nice set of non-fiction animal and nature ones like this from them. If you have a look at the Book People or Red House websites, they sometimes do good-value sets of that sort of thing.

PoppetUK Fri 14-Jan-11 20:56:52

I have to say my son is very similar. He always wants to read the ones from a higher level because they have more of a story and not so boring. I've started reading things he wants to read but getting him to fill in all the words he knows for a few pages.

We did join reading chest for a while and that had a better mix of books for him. He liked the project x ones more that ORT.


fruitstick Fri 14-Jan-11 21:23:45

Ooh he's quite into Lego at the moment so they could be perfect. I'm really looking for something that wil help his reading but doesn't feel like school.

Will look into reading chest.

Also, are the ORT Read at home titles completely different to the ones they have at school. I don't want to preempt ones he brings home.

Seville Fri 14-Jan-11 22:29:40

Ditto reading chest. They have lots of non-fiction and if you want you can sign up for only non-fiction books

PoppetUK Sat 15-Jan-11 21:16:18

I have the ORT and the ORT Read at home. Bought these before I found this place

ORT was good for me when we were abroad because it was an easy to follow system and used in quite a few schools. If I didn't have these books I'd probably go the reading chest route or use one of the other phonics systems.

I still have the books to use with DS. The read at home are with the same characters but relating them to a coloured level the school uses is not always possible. We just work through them, it's easy for him to do one book per night (school sends home 1 per week).

It's not ideal that we have the same books as the school. During the big holidays I'll probably subscribe to reading chest.

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