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Posted on 6 May 2012 17:27:57 BDT
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Posted on 6 May 2012 17:45:59 BDT
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Posted on 7 May 2012 20:42:25 BDT
melimoo says:
Why not try what interests him - football, outdoor activities... reading doesn't have to be just fiction, try NON-FICTION too. So long as he tries reading something that ticks boxes for him! Footie annuals, newspaper/sports reports - he'll be reading without realising!

Posted on 7 May 2012 21:54:06 BDT
Akirasmum says:
The best way to show your son the joy of reading is to read to him!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 22:06:47 BDT
melimoo says:
Yes and for your child to see YOU read - model reading and they will want to copy.

Posted on 7 May 2012 23:06:04 BDT
Fizzi says:
Thanks folks, I do both

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 09:14:48 BDT
Marie says:
Have you tried Sons of Rissouli by Matt Cartney? Lots of adventure by an outdoor loving author, and aimed at boys of that sort of age group:http://ourbookreviewsonline.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=The+Sons+of+Rissouli

Posted on 8 May 2012 21:17:50 BDT
feath says:
Hi, I've found with my son that getting him listening to books first has worked really well. We started off borrowing CD's from the library and listening to them on the way to judo and football. Then we started downloading books from the audible site, which is great, that he listened to on his MP4player. And now, he is actually reading some himself because we couldn't get them as audible books. He's really into the HIVE books and Alex Rider sets at the moment. I know it sounds like a long winded way but it worked for us. Good luck!

Posted on 9 May 2012 08:23:38 BDT
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Posted on 9 May 2012 08:52:23 BDT
If he doesn't like Reading he won't like Romford and probably not like much of Essex at all.

Posted on 9 May 2012 09:45:42 BDT
wendyb says:
Hi Fizzi
My son has never been interested in reading fiction either but loved to listen to stories. He developed a fantastic vocabulary as he was absorbing words through listening oftern words which would have been beyond his reading level. Does your son have a ipod/mp3 player? My son had a cassette player which he listened to at bedtime and on long journeys. My son is 20 now and still listens to stories rather than reads fiction and he has done very well academically in non-science subjects so it hasnt impacted on his ability to read non-fiction.
I see that a previous poster recommended Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo. This is a book we have used at Chelsea FC Foundation Education through Football Project for over seven years with children your sons age and it is perennially popular. Teachers report that this book hooks boys on reading who have previously been uninterested. Get the full colour version paperback or hardback rather than the small paperback as Michael Foremans illustrations really enhance the text. It is available used not new on Amazon .
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/1862053618/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used
There is an audio version of the book read by Derek Jacoby on Audible.
Billy the Kid (Unabridged)
Also you could try Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and War Game(a mixture of fact and fiction) by Michael Foreman both are about WW1 which really interest children of your sons age.
All the best

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Posted on 12 May 2012 10:45:58 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 18:24:20 BDT
frenchbush says:
Sounds like he's a real action sort of kid. Seems like he needs action and adventure in his reading. There is a really fast moving adventure story with lots of humour and 'twists' which should keep him enthralled. It's very hard to put down. It's called 'Six Minutes Past Midnight' by Annie Christensen.

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 20:59:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2012 21:03:41 BDT
Hi,
I wonder if your son would like an interactive book. I have just published 'Miss Saggybottom's Labyrinth of Doom' on Amazon Kindle, which is a fun adventure where you get to choose what potions to use against all the strange creatures you meet. It's something a bit different from the norm so may be worth a try. Sorry for self promoting, but I always found choose your own adventure books very easy and fun to read as a kid myself. Also, sometimes children go in and out of reading. My son used to read all the time and now seems to be having a break from it. You might find he suddenly takes an interest in something one day when the time is right.

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Posted on 5 Jul 2012 11:58:18 BDT
Sam Johnson says:
Have you tried any gamebooks. Things like fighting fantasy. Kids read because they want to play the game. Just do a search for gamebooks.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2012 09:35:08 BDT
Kartracer says:
Hi Fizzi,
I have an 11 year old boy, who needs to be encouraged to read and does not take to reading naturally, in fact a year ago, it was a real struggle when you mentioned reading. My son looses interest before a book reaches the end, but will read factual books, like guiness world book of records! but, I guess at least it's reading. Anyway, the reason for my reply, is to suggest (that's if someone hasn't already) a series of books that my son did actually gladly pick up - he actually read when he came home from school rather than automatically putting the TV on. The books start with "The Brilliant World of Tom Gates" and also has 2 follow up books, just as funny. It is full of doodles and fun comments which, my son found he could relate to. I believe a 4th book is due to be released in September. They really are fun books, try them!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2012 14:19:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2012 14:21:15 BDT
Td Richards says:
hello my kindle book might be good for your son, the idea of reading from `other` than a book, which is what his brother and his friends might read, may excite him, being different is always cool after all.
the hero is dan, a 10 year old boy. its written in a naive manner because i am a not a good scholar, i do love to write, the words sprout out of my imagination and i put them down as they arrive. your son might find my book easier to read ?
its on kindle Rebirth Vampires - Ailenedigaeth Fampirs by br hooligan.

Posted on 7 Jul 2012 02:06:46 BDT
Try easing him in with popular comics Like The Avengers or X-Men that have broad popular appeal and are "cool" and see what develops from there

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 10:08:09 BDT
Kay says:
Invest in a set of Just William CDs (read by the magnificant Martin Jarvis). Play these in the car, or before bed and then when he is hooked - by him a book. Make reading fun by encouraging him with a family reward. Get a jar and whenever he reads something to you - book, magazine article, cereal box -put pasta in the jar. When the jar is full, have a family treat, pizza, cinema, etc. The joy of reading is caught not taught. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 22:24:35 BDT
emmamaxwell says:
I think you are trying really hard and are doing your best and are obviously a caring parent. But I also think your son might feel he is being nagged, as kids are extremely sensitive to what is going on around them. Do re-read the posts above that document children suddenly picking up the reading habit AND the ones about those who suceeded without developing a love for fiction.
My son has never enjoyed reading which perturbed me hugely as I was a total bookworm as a child. He struggles to find books that interest him and would rather be on a computer game than nose down in a book. Despite this he got 10 A*s and 1 A at GCSE last summer. My sister never enjoyed reading as a child but loves it as an adult.
Reading is great - I love it - but it is not everything.

Posted on 8 Jul 2012 23:00:51 BDT
Fizzi says:
I do appreciate that reading isn't everything but his reading age is 18months below his actual age and although his school is not overly alarmed at the moment, they say it could be an issue when he goes to high school next autumn. Hence me trying to encourage him now before it does become an educational issue. Thanks to all for their hints and advice.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2012 12:45:11 BDT
ChzAMrn says:
My Son age 10 reluctant reader & finally picked up read Cool by Michael Morturgo and loved it.
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