Photo from The Art of Manliness
Is there something about summer that brings out the reluctant reader? The temptations of the pool and camps and just running around being crazy seem to make curling up with a book even less attractive than normal for my two reluctant readers (Dark Omen continues to drain the new fiction shelf faster than they can fill it).
I loved Kyle’s analogy (at The Boy Reader) between enticing a reluctant reader and picking the right lure for fly fishing. Matching readers to the right books is exactly what Ink Spells is about, and I think that idea goes double for reluctant readers.
But what kinds of books do those reluctant readers like? Although I believe every kid is unique, there certainly are some trends, and Sydney at The Mixed Up Files asks kids directly: What do you like? Their answers include action, adventure, and humor. Not surprising, I suppose, and these elements are found in abundance in The Red Pyramid, which has spent an amazing eight weeks at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list.
But you don’t have to be a bestseller book to lure a reluctant reader – indeed some bestsellers are large fantasy books, which may be popular with avid readers and adults, but may be too intimidating for the reluctant reader. Fortunately, Pragmatic Mom has an extensive list of picks just for reluctant boy readers, and it is rife with great stories like The Far Side of the Mountain and How to Train Your Dragon and Secrets of Droon as well as many I didn’t know. If those aren’t enough for you, there are even more over at The Art of Manliness – the top fifty books for boys and young men, to be exact.
It’s well worth the time to lure those little fish into the world of reading. Off I go, to hook my own little trouts once more . . .