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Helping Boys Learn to Love Reading

Boys and books don’t always go together. Perhaps it’s because a boy can’t shoot hoops with a book or score a touchdown with one under his arm; hence, finding the right book to spark your son’s interest can be a challenge. Here are a few suggestions that might help:

  • Take him to the library or book store, or talk to his teacher about books that will interest him.
  • James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead is a good resource with a list of books that appeal to boys (and girls).
  • Find a magazine in his area of interest. If he responds well to it, consider getting a subscription.
  • Can’t get him away from the computer? Creative Teaching suggests finding a computer or video game that requires a good amount of reading. Search for some online, or visit your local gaming store.

While reading may be structured in the classroom, allowing him to choose his own material at home will bring him a step closer to enjoying it. According to Reading Rockets, it’s okay to suggest something, but ultimately, allow it to be his choice after first making sure the material is appropriate for his age. With your encouragement, your son could discover whole new worlds contained within the pages of a book.