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10 Tips to Engage Reluctant Readers

by Lindsay Hutton

According to the U.S Department of Education, a child's interest in reading for fun diminishes after the age of 3. Lack of interest, reading difficulties, and a fear of being made fun for what they read are all reasons why your child might be hesitant to pick up a book. Use these tips and ideas to help spark your child's interest in reading, and find out how to choose the right books in order to get the pages turning.

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Find Material that Excites Him


It sounds obvious, but children (especially boys) are more likely to read when they find stories about things they find fascinating, like Harry Potter, or relatable, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Stories that transport readers to another time and place they could only visit in their imaginations are also great options: The Steampunk Riders find adventures in the Wild West and the crew of Galactic Hot Dogs makes mischief in outer space.

For more ideas, Guysread.com is an excellent resource to find books on subjects that have captured the interest of boys, including a featured "Book of the Month," and a library containing multi-volume short stories and illustrations.

Next: Explore Different Formats and Genres

August 30, 2014



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