Do you have a boy who doesn't like to read?? Do you have a hard time getting them to settle down and take in a new experience through reading??? I totally have one and am always trying to figure out how to get him motivated to pick up a book and read. I am an avid reader and just can't understand why you wouldn't want to get lost in a book...but, as we all know, we are all different people:)
Working in a library (in the children's section) does have it's advantages. I get to see what's out there and can bring home different kinds of books to try out with him. Some were failures and some were successes!! My favorite all time series for boys around the 2nd or 3rd grade level is the Stink Series. Stink is the little brother of Judy Moody. He even has his own web-site:
Very cool books. AND...he read them no problem. He would even read them on his own. He liked them so much, he saved up his points at the library reading program this summer and bought the first 5 books before he spent the rest of his points on junk!!
Last summer, trying to keep him going with his reading, I started a Boys Book Club and invited a few of his friends to read along and meet to discuss. Last summer was a BIG hit!! The boys read 3 of the books during the summer and they got to get together, do something fun and discuss. Really exciting to see them excited!! There were only 3 of them...but that meant each mom took a turn with each book. We each did a craft and led the discussion and served snacks.
OK...fast forward to the choosing of the next book and our 2nd and final Book Club Meeting of the summer... Not so successful. Stink had run his course and the boys had pretty much read them all. Hmmmmmmmmm....... what to have them read next?? No clue... But, 2 of the boys picked up Mr. Poppers Penguins while at a library program (and, it's a little bit harder) and we decided to do that book. Ummm, yeah... that was a difficult book to get through with my son. Really, really, really, really...etc... difficult. But, he got through it and even squeaked out a summer book report on it. Whew...
Book Club was all set to happen...BUT...turns out it wasn't in the cards. One of his friends is just finishing up a virus and would not have been able to make it while the other one had trouble getting through the book as well. So...Book Club was cancelled. This summer, Boys Book Club was not as successful as last year. Glad they were able to get together once this summer though... they always have fun!!
With the summer coming to an end (school starts next week), there would not have been enough time to pick a new one and go with it.
Since DJ managed to actually make it through the book (with a lot of help from hubby reading to him and DJ reading back), I felt like I should try to do something for him...it's so hard to get him to do these things and I want to reward him for it... Oh, 'what to do' I kept thinking to myself. Aha... take the movie out so he can watch it with Daddy... after the babies go to bed. BUT...he was pretty disappointed that his buddies wouldn't be coming. You see, the original plan was pizza, movie and possible sleep-over... that's what he was looking forward to. Not that hanging with Daddy isn't fun...but... ya know!! And I know life is full of disappointment...but, like I said, this was a huge accomplishment for him. So, we invited the Book Buddy that is not sick to still come over and watch the movie.. I hope it goes well and the movie is better than the book. Usually the book is better than the movie, so if that's the case, these boys will not be sitting and watching it..lol
How do you get your boys to sit and read?? I know DJ will read weather books, world record (or any fact giving kinda book) books, sometimes planet books, etc. Here are some websites with reading suggestions (funny, the first one has Mr. Poppers Penguins as #1...lol)
If you're up for it, you may also want to try the Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Books (not sure if DJ is ready for these or I will ever be ready for them...lol).
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