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Reluctant Boy Readers Ages 4 – 7

by Jill & Cathy on October 18, 2012

When my oldest son was in kindergarten and first grade, books were something he had no desire to touch.  We would go into a book store and spend an hour with me trying to convince him to choose just one book.  Usually we left empty handed.  Being a teacher, I knew how important reading together each evening was.  I didn’t even care if he was the one attempting to read – I just struggled with the fact that he wouldn’t even sit and listen to a story.  I knew that I had to find a hook to make him love reading as I do.  There were a few books his teacher would read in class that he thought were ok, such as the Magic Treehouse series.  He enjoyed listening at school but would reluctantly listen to other books in the series at home.  We eventually found that Grant would only be interested in books that he found funny.  After much searching, we pulled together a collection that worked for him.  Here I am sharing what we had in his library before he was reading on his own.  These are books that are not written at a kindergarten or first grade level but are high interest for read alouds at this age. Many of these are part of a series. We found this made our lives easier when searching for books. My son’s favorite on this list is Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. There are multiple Scaredy Squirrel books in this series!

I hope this list helps make your life easier!


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Crystal May 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Thank you so much, I’m having the same problem with my 5 yr old. If its not funny he’s not interested he read The dumb bunnies book till he memorized the whole story. Super funny thanks for the list of some others to try.


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