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My seven year old ds reads well but has little interest in doing so. It's like pulling teeth most days to get him to read. My husband and I are both readers. So, while I did not come from a family of readers, this is still hard for me to wrap my brain around. I know that he is his own person and I can't expect him to have this innate passion for books as I do. Cultivating a love for reading is what has to be done and, again, it's a foreign concept for me since I came into the world with a book in hand.
I've consulted with a number of moms with boys who were reluctant readers and the almost consistent response is "Captain Underpants". I've approached my son with a number of titles from this popular series a number of times and he always replies with: "Mmmm, I don't think so." He is just not interested in fart jokes and boogers. And I'm kinda not upset about it. There has to be another series for boys a bit more tasteful or just appealing from another angle.
Zion will read a handful of books so much that he pretty much memorizes them which causes him to only read the same books over and over until I hide them so he'll have to pick something new from his bookshelves. In my mind, this does nothing to expand his vocabulary which will improve his reading skills. He's very much into routine yet change is not a huge deal for him. I really believe the right series or even single book will turn this around. I'm just at my wits end searching.
He likes cars. There's been a natural evolution with that. He's been collecting Hot Wheels and other micro cars since he was two or three. Now, he's been showing a huge amount of interest in their real-life counterparts. He is constantly noting the cars we see on the street by make and model and referencing which ones he has in his collection. I would love to find some chapter books-fiction and nonfiction-on cars. I'm having a hard time with this one and I am the queen of research. I come across lots of fiction board books but not really anything on his reading level. Is nonfiction my only option?
What other books have some of you had success with for reluctant readers? And they don't have to be gender biased.