Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and the Time Warp Trio series, has some terrific ideas how to get your kids to love reading. Before he started writing children’s books, he was a teacher, so his ideas have been field tested. Find out what your child really loves and then find books, magazines, or any kind of text about that subject. Whether your child loves mysteries or space or fairy tales, there are chapter books, short stories, picture books, graphic novels, comics and audio books. One additional thing he does not mention is READ to your kids! Start early and keep reading to them even when they can read what they want on their own. You can read the whole interview at the Musings blog (Parnassus Books).
Luckily, John Scieszka has a website devoted to getting boys to read called Guys Read. He has organized his recommendations into categories like, How to build stuff, Realistic kids in realistic situations and one sure to be a hit with my grandsons, At least one explosion. Other categories include Series, Ghosts and Action/Adventure and several more. Scieszka includes comics (Gary Larson’s The Far Side comic books are prominently featured), graphic novels, magazines and audio books.
Hat tip: Imagination Soup