But what if you have a kid who doesn't like to read during the school year? Well, I would say that they just haven't found the right book or author.
So here are some suggestions for you Middle Grade Readers. Think anywhere from 5th--8th grade, depending on the book and the maturity level of the reader.
Graphic NovelsIf you haven't checked out graphic novels, get some! Go to the library and ask where they keep their graphic novels for children. Now, don't you start griping and telling me that graphic novels are just comics and don't count as reading. What else do you think you're doing when you read a comic or a graphic novel? You're reading words and pictures at the same time, using inference as you fill in the spaces of the story that can't be included due to the lack of narration. It's a different kind of reading, but it's reading! The narration takes place with both words and pictures and that's fine. Here are some suggestions, based on my students' interests this past year.
And by the way, boys and girls both have been drawn to Raina Telgemeier books!
Oh and it's great fun for an adult to read who was super into the books as a kid--trust me, I know. :)
Books in VerseSometimes the idea of reading a book that is pages and pages filled with words is daunting. So find a book where the pages are filled with so many words. Books in verse are stories told in poetic form. Here are a couple of authors that stood out in my class this year.
If your reader enjoys this, then introduce them to Thanhha Lai's other book Listen, Slowly --not written in verse. In this book, Mai was born and raised in California. She's looking forward to a spectacular summer, when she finds out that she has to travel to Vietnam with her dad and grandma so she can help her grandma. While her dad is off treating patients, she is to look after her grandmother--who speaks no English. Mai speaks no Vietnamese. It's going to be a long summer.
I have not read Crossover because I just can't get through sports books. I've tried. Many times. I have very little interest in sports and so it's hard for me to focus on characters who are so devoted to it. But my students LOVED this book! It was a hit with many of my boys and girls.
I have found that Gordon Korman is an excellent introduction into literature for my students who really don't want to read anything. If I can get them to start Ungifted, then I can get them interested in other books as well. Here are two that I would start with offering.
This is great because it's a mystery and the kids are in charge, trying to outwit the adults. It's also a series.
Gordon Korman has many other books as well, so he's a great author to get kids hooked on reading!
What about you? Any book suggestions that you've found to be winners for your more reluctant readers?