I have been trying to encourage our boys to read books on their own. They will read short non-fiction books about animals or tanks or any topic they find interesting, but they wouldn’t read a novel. They kept coming to me and asking me to read it to them. I really do enjoy reading to them and will still do this, but I would like them to be able to pick up a book and read it themselves hoping to encourage a love of reading and some independence.
We go to the library weekly, sometimes every couple of days, so books always surround them. I started borrowing junior fiction books for them to see what they would do when they went through the library bag.
One particular morning, I woke up to find B laying next to me in bed reading a book. “I found it in the library bag,” he said and went back to his reading. I let him continue and had a shower. After my shower, I walked out and he had ventured onto the couch in the lounge room, nose still in the book. After eating breakfast, with his nose still in the book, he finally announced that he had finished and wanted to know if I had anymore of these books. Luckily I had borrowed two of these books, so off he went onto the second book.
Now, these books aren’t thick novels, they have about 50 pages and have slightly larger writing than novels, but this is a great start. I have now borrowed over 10 of these books for him and he wants me to find more to borrow.
At first, R didn’t want to read them, but B finally convinced him to read just one and now he can’t put them down either. Finally, they are reading on their own. All I needed was books about superheroes!! Hopefully, when we can’t find anymore of these they will move onto some other book series. But this is the start!
So now I have found a series of books that don’t freak the boys about by having 100’s of pages and really small writing. By encouraging them to read books on a topic that fascinates them, they are learning new words, sentence structure and how to write a story.
We have been really encouraged to see how much they have grown since starting to read these books and how great it is to have some quiet time during the day.
To help encourage a love of reading, I have made our boys a Monthly Reading Log which they really enjoy filling out when they have finished their books. To download your free copy, click on the link below: