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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 21:06:50 BDT
Lucy says:
Hang on in there. Is he interested in reading on the computer?

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 21:08:11 BDT
Fizzi - try the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. The first one is called The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. These were my and my friends' favourite books when we were kids: part book, part game, full of stuff that boys love such as monsters, magic and unexpected danger.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 22:55:53 BDT
J. K. Mills says:
the 'jamie johnson' football-based stories by Dan Freedman are good. also Mr Gum series and Stitch-head books.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 23:08:20 BDT
Fizzi says:
Thanks everyone for more brilliant suggestions... I have taken a list of all the authors and books suggested and we'll try them slowly but surely to see what most appeals to him.
Thanks all.
Oh, and i have managed to get him to have a shot of my kindle with a few books on there for both sons ... The novelty aspect may help there too.
Cheers everyone,

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 23:20:10 BDT
Carriebeca says:
Don't want to upset anyone but my son was like this, following his father I think, he hates reading but did try to encourage our son without success. (He does enjoy reading computer manuals and technical stuff although he's not much good at the practical side of that.)
I did 4 years as a volunteer tutor for adults in literacy classed and we'd encourage them to read by using a subject they were interested in, eg. motorbikes, travel, cooking, gardening etc. Once started on that, they tended to go on to read anything they could get their hands on. Perhaps its different with adults, they know what they missed out on and can see the benefits of reading.
Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 23:24:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Apr 2012 23:24:15 BDT
Fizzi says:
Lol, that sounds exactly my sons father except he doesn't try to encourage him. Wee fella came home today asking to read Percy Jackson 2nd book because his friend says its great...bit of hero worship might help encourage him too.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 09:21:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2012 09:27:25 BDT
Nurrie says:
Have you tried books for an older audience? I know for me at your son age, I stopped reading because I found children books really childish. I only started reading again when I discovered Stephen King, crime/horror thrillers, fantasy and sci-fi books aimed at the older generation, when I was on the late end of 11.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 12:01:32 BDT
Dear Fizzi - I never mentioned your parenting skills and neither seek to pass judgement nor have any intention of passing any comment on them whatsoever. I've obviously touched on a bit of a raw nerve. Not wishing to start a flame war, my only intention was to see the situation from your son's point of view. He hates reading and every night you sit him down for 20-30 mins to read... How is that making him feel? Encouraged to read or bored with it? You asked for advice. My advice was to go easy on him. It still is. What you do with any advice given through these forums is up to you - but dont shoot me down just because it wasn't what you wanted to hear.

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 10:11:13 BDT
Carol Wills says:
Just had to jump in here, I have five children and only two are avid readers like me. They are all grown up now with children of their own and all successful in their adult lives. Your son will most likely do what my non-reading three did, just enough to keep up in school. Please carry on doing what you're doing Fizzi, you sound like a caring mum who only wants the best for her child.

Carol x

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 10:53:52 BDT
Colin says:
I am not going to suggest a book which is unusual for this forum. I am going to suggest taking him to see an author do a book event. You have to find one who would pitch at his age. The best I have seen with the kids are Michael Morpurgo and Lari Don. They both had the kids eating out of the palms of their hands and not just their own fans, they drew everyone in and were truly inspiring. I have seen others who really only talk to their fans and answer questions. Michael Morpurgo reads a bit of a book and tells you stories about his stories. Lari Don reads a bit of her book and tells an exciting story, maybe a gory myth about a dragon or wolf and the kids loved it. I am lucky because I live in Edinburgh where there are plenty of book events at the festival and in local shops and libraries, but it would be worth looking out for and checking the author's websites to see if they are doing something near you. Hope this helps, just thought it might be a bit different and worth a try.

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 10:41:08 BDT
Nurrie says:
Just a thought, have you tried Goosebumps? My sister love those books at your son age and she's wasn't a big reader. I say they're Stephen King style books but for kids.

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 14:24:55 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012 18:53:13 BDT
Nicole says:
I have the same as you an older son who loves reading and a 10 year old who is very reluctant. A few ideas which made my son slightly more interested - taking him to a bookshop and giving him the money or voucher to choose something he likes the look of with help from the bookseller - My son came home with 'The amazing world of Tom Gates' which has lots of pictures in and was funny, he also liked the David Walliams books again funny! My son has just recently been diagnosed with mild dyslexia - even though he can read very well - probably explains why he finds it hard and boring! it may be worth thinking about if this is the case with your son as well. If it is -a coloured sheet or coloured paper over the text can often make it easier for the. My son described it as making the words less ripply - he thought it was normal that the words did this!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2012 21:02:03 BDT
Johughes170 says:
was the same for my son, beastquest and then onto gladiator boy, if your son is after something a little more silly why not try captain underpants.

Posted on 27 Apr 2012 22:49:15 BDT
Fizzi says:
Brilliant, thanks for all your suggestions everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2012 00:32:31 BDT
Hi Fizzi - like the last reader I am careful to follow the rules here around self promotion but please do look at Eeek!: The Runaway Alien It's a fast-paced and humorous story about an alien who runs away from space to Earth during the World Cup.

I wrote it because my eldest son would never read (he was always too busy with his sport at age 10!) whereas his younger brother had read Lord of the Rings at age nine! I got to thinking that there simply weren't enough good 'books for boys' around and decided that since most young boys like aliens and most like sport then perhaps a story about a soccer-mad runaway alien might just do the trick! And it worked! (Oh and it has humorous black and white illustrations scattered throughout to keep the interest going!)

It has recently been selected by Julia Eccleshare of The Guardian to appear in her curated list of 'Books for Reluctant Readers' at LoveReading4Kids and has been chosen for the 'Books for Boys' category as well as for 7+ and 9+ and has just started to get its first reviews. You'll find 5 here on Amazon - and more on Eeek's website Of course you can read sample chapters here on Amazon. It's also available in the Kindle store. (If you download the free Kindle app your son can read it on an iPad or iPhone - another tactic that might help if you have either! I recently took it along to a school reading of 36 boys and they couldn't get enough of it!)

Best wishes,

Karen Inglis

I also just received a delighted email from a mum who bought 18 copies for party bags for her son's 9th birthday!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2012 10:44:53 BDT
Your son might prefer reading on a screen to picking up a book. Try 'Dunderheid McCan't', Kindle edition, by Clare Parker. It's got plenty of action - including a vicious game of football!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2012 13:44:30 BDT
Melville says:
Any of the Geronimo Stilton series - these are top sellers in the italian market, now available in English. My 11 year old grandson is a very reluctant reader and read one on a 2 hour flight. The text is coloured in parts with emphasis on certain words. Use the Look Inside feature on some of the Amazon titles to see. Quite short books, the local library probably stocks them.

Posted on 2 May 2012 13:04:38 BDT
Try this

The Adventures of Caitlin Haq

Posted on 5 May 2012 13:53:22 BDT
I teach 10-11 yr olds and partly out of a desire to try and encourage some of my reluctant readers, I started writing - Rewind, The Cube, Dear Mr Author and Just Imagine. I am not self-published. I was lucky enough to win an award in 2010. I've been told my books are fast-paced and humorous. They're not too long either. Might be worth a try.

Posted on 6 May 2012 10:30:34 BDT
N. Begg says:
There are lots of good ideas and great advice in this discussion but I am wondering if there might be another reason behind your son's difficulties. When you mention that he "hates reading" and also struggles with written vocabulary, have you considered whether this could be related to a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia? There can be visual aspects which are not picked up in routine eye tests, which can make reading more difficult. My own son (now 25) had these sorts of visual and writing difficulties which we were slow to recognise (though I trained as a teacher!). However, he always loved to be read to, so if you have time to do so, that would be great. The range of audio books might also appeal, so he might enjoy that too. Also the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness books for children cover a vast range of subject matter and my son just loved these. They are very visual, with small (i.e. not overwhelming) amounts of text.

Posted on 6 May 2012 10:38:43 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 12:22:03 BDT
Fizzi says:
I think the whole problem with trying to get him to read is just that he views it as a restriction to his own time where he would rather do something else he is interested in like being outdoors. He is fine with his spelling etc that he is given as homework and tested on weekly, more that his lack of reading is affecting his written vocabulary and use of words as he isn't reading outside of the classroom environment if he can help it. We do read together at night but I am just trying to encourage him to read a little more alone.

Thanks again everyone for their suggestions, its greatly appreciated.

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