|My Son Reading Scholastic's Captain Underpants Book|
I'd mentioned earlier on this blog that my son had been a reluctant reader in the past. It used to be extremely hard to get him to do his 20 minutes of homework reading per night, although now it just takes a bit of coaxing. The truth is that there are so many distractions at home that can call to an 8-year old boy. Videogames and movies-on-demand are the two most persuasive distractions in my home; in my generation, it was television.
What made reading a more pleasurable experience for my son, was finding book series like Captain Underpants (Scholastic) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Both of these are comedic series that feature little cartoons throughout the book, which provide a break from solid text. Although I don't hear it frequently, I'll never forget the day that my son cried: "I love reading this book so much more than playing videogames!" Yes, he was engrossed in a new book from one of the two series, and it was music to my ears.
|Books for Reluctant Readers from Scholastic|
Have you heard of Scholastic "Branches" books for readers ages 5- to 7-years old? It's a new line of illustrated early chapter books, that fills the gap between levelled readers and traditional chapter books. It was this style of books that first got my son interested in reading, as it has a 50:50 text-to-art ratio with illustrations that reinforce test on every page. At 80-96 pages per book, the book is not overwhelming in length either.
Some of these books from the "Branches" collection include (shown below): Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe: Picture Day, by Susan Nees, and Kiki, by Kyla May. I ordered these books for my 7-year old daughter, whom I'm also having a difficult job getting to read. She completes her weekly reading homework with determination, but has no interest in reading on her own once her homework is finished.
|Scholastic "Branches" Books For Ages 5- to 7- Years Old|
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I think that she has to build up her reading level a bit, as well as her confidence in reading, before she moves on to these books. She does love Roald Dahl books very much like The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. My husband will read these books to her, and ask her to read a passage to him if she's receptive.
Nonetheless, I have given my daughter the Scholastic "Branches" books to look over and she has taken them to her bedroom. I know that the Kiki book has caught her eye, and I will revisit it shortly and ask if she would like to read it to me. I think that it will be quality mother/daughter time spent together, and help her build a love of reading.
If you have a reluctant reader who is 5- to 7-years old, I would suggest that you try out some of Scholastic's "Branches" books. I think that the books with 50% illustrations break up the monotony of text, and make the books a more hospitable place for growing readers!
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Does your child or grandchild enjoy reading or being read to? What is his or her favourite book--or what was yours in your childhood?