Can You Make Your Kids Love Reading?

To answer the question above:   I don’t know, but I’m sure going to try!

I started something new with the boys on the Sunday night of our Spring Break week.   I learned about it from a friend in high school.   He said his parents let him stay up as late as he wanted when he was a kid, just as long as he was reading.   He ended up being a voracious reader and loved books.   I took that little idea 20 years ago and filed it away thinking that it could be a great tip to use.   Well, sure enough, the time is here.

I’ve implemented the plan with a slight modification – bedtime is now 30 minutes earlier than usual.   To increase the boys’ excitement about this new thing, I bought each of them a new book.   For Woody, I selected the first of the Amazing Captain Underpants books.   I picked it because I knew the boy humor would get him interested.   Other characteristics that I thought were important for him (at this time) were:   lots of pictures, some pages incorporate a comic book style, and it’s a chapter book.   For Tigger, I selected a level 2 reader that offers a little bit of a challenge, but he gets most of the words.

Since beginning this “Love to Read” campaign.   Tigger has read 10 to 20 minutes each night, then he rolls over and goes to sleep. Woody’s record is a little different:   Sunday – 30 minutes; Monday – an hour and thirty minutes;   Tuesday – two hours;   Wednesday – 30 minutes.

So far Woody has read 2.5 of the Captain Underpants books.   I think he’s hooked. 🙂   He likes the characters and of course the boy humor.   I looked to see if we could get subsequent books in the series from the library, but they didn’t have any of them.   I took him up to the book store, where he purchased with his own money, the next two Captain Underpants books.

I need to find another series that is the right reading level and that is available at our local library.   If not, we’re going to be in big trouble because someone will be asking for daily trips to the book store.

Do you have any books that you would recommend for boys almost 8 and under?

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4 thoughts on “Can You Make Your Kids Love Reading?

  1. The Jake Drake series is a good one. There are only a few books in the series, but they all have good lessons about being a good friend, honesty, doing well in school, etc.

    For a little easier read, try A to Z Mysteries.

    I don’t know what else to recommend. My oldest (9 years) doesn’t like fiction very much, so the above is about all he’s read.

    I do NOT recommend the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It’s for a little older (8-10 years), but the characters are all selfish, rude, lying, cheating — not good role models at all. I would stay away from those!

  2. Thanks, Rachel! I’ll look for Jake Drake. I’ve seen A to Z – I’ll have to see if I can find them at the library. 🙂

    I appreciate your warning of the Wimpy Kid books. All of the reasons you mentioned are reasons I don’t let them watch certain television shows – so I will definitely avoid them.

    Thanks again!

  3. I don’t have an 8 year old boy, but these are my guesses of what might be good (and hopefully at the library!). The Great Brain series by John Fitzgerald. Not the whole Little House on the Prairie series, but the Farmer Boy book might be good. The Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osborne. The Borrowers series by Mary Norton. A good story based Bible, but geared towards older kids – I’m sorry I don’t have a recommendation. I just got The Adventure Bible for my nephew who is 8, but it’s a regular Bible with “cool” extra stuff so it might take more guidance. Maybe the Paddington Bear series or the Boxcar Children. And you might also look for some kids magazines like Ranger Rick, National Geographic for kids, etc. for a change too. The Cam Jansen books might be enjoyable too. And ask the children’s librarian. He or She should have some good ideas of things they have. Some of those How Stuff Works books might get him thinking too. Hope that helps. I’m a book lover from way back!

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