Sometimes all it takes is one book to engage a child who may be reluctant to read. Though it’s the end of the school year (for most), it’s never too late to try to entice a new reader. Here are a few books that explore reading and/or writing as a topic:
Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner is a great book to show a child that not everyone enjoys reading, but there is a book in the library for everyone. If your child is overwhelmed by the amount of books in the library or book store, read aloud this book. Encourage him to choose books to read based on his interests.
The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza by Laura Numeroff is another great book that demonstrates the power of reading. Similar to Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t), Anna and her friends must find a book about a thing they love in order to write a book report. All of her friends find one, will Anna?
The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli is a great book to show children where ideas may come from for writing. The narrator of the story wants to write the “best story” to win a prize with her favorite author. She enlists the help of her family members for ideas, but nothing seems quite right. Her mother reminds her that the best stories come from the heart.
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk is an adorable book to read aloud to children. Sam, the Mouse, lives in the Children’s Section of the library. He loves to read and one day decides to write a book. He places his book on the shelf for the children to find. Will they find it? What will they think?
For lessons related to these books, check out Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books.
Do you have innovative ways to encourage kids (specifically reluctant readers) to read? I would love to hear them!
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