Lead by example, even if it isn’t a book that would interest them that you are reading, seeing that reading is enjoyable and time should be made for it has a tremendous effect. If it is a book that is suitable – discuss it, share a joke or an action scene for it and try tempt them to give it a go.
Show an interest in what your son/grandson is reading. If they are enjoying it and it is part of a series, help them track down the next book.
Be hands on. Try to make time/ask a relative to take them to the local library, pass on an older relatives books that they have grown out of, take them to a bookshop to spend their World Book Day voucher – anything to show that the household has an enthusiasm for reading and to make reading more accessible.
Ensure they have choice – you may want them to read a classic but if they are being forced to read something unappealing it will probably put them off. Help them find a book on a subject that interests them, as their reading improves, they gain in confidence and they mature they are much more likely to progress onto a classic and enjoy it.
Stat reluctant readers with anything to hook their interest and help establish a reading pattern – whether it’s a comic book, graphic novel, a book where they pick the ending or a TV tie in, if it starts them reading that is what is important.
Set aside regular reading time, if at all possible set aside designated reading time – whether it’s 15 minutes before bed every evening or 30minutes each weekend whilst visiting their grandparents, anything that is regular will start to make a difference and ensure they are keeping up with their peers.
If you are struggling to find a book that grips your son/grandson please tell him to come and see Miss Lang who will happily sit down for hours to help him get the right book!