Once again it is Monday (or as like to I call it around here "Keep Reading Fun Day"). Last week, I wrote about the power of reading aloud and this week I am going to write about what I have found is key to come next, finding books that motivate young beginning readers to want to read.
About a year ago, my oldest son was ready to begin reading and I gave him books that were at the exact correct level for his current (very beginning) reading stage. Unfortunately, I had made a big strategic mistake. While some kids will read through books that don't interest them my son found this miserable. Part of it is probably personality and part of it is probably those wonderful read alouds. He had heard such wonderful stories that the very short books he was then able to read seemed very disappointing by comparison.
All I wanted was for my son to love reading and he professed to hate it. Ouch! What could I do? (I promise this story has a happy ending. Please keep reading :o) )