There is something about boys that makes me want to help them be their best. I read books about learning like others breeze through a good fiction novel. I find the topic really interesting and love to share boys’ learning resources.
I run a boys’ book club because I think getting boys to read is imperative to their success. I want to help people raise boys who love to learn and think reading can play a big part in helping boys be lifelong learners.
My son is a big reader. I know that is not true for all boys but many will enjoy reading if you can just find the right materials for them to read. You can use the reading lists on Crystal’s site and my site to find great books for boys. (Best Books for Boys, Books Children Must Read)
Boys’ Learning: Reading
Here are 5 tips for getting boys to read that are all very easy to implement and will help with your boy’s learning.
1. Let them read anything
Chapter books are great but there are many other materials for boys to read. Don’t get stuck thinking they need to read fiction. Many boys love non-fiction. Here are some other things that boys tend to like to read: video game manuals, magazines, catalogs, directions for building sets, list books, graphic novels, comic books and encyclopedias. Don’t discount reading that happens throughout the day either such as reading signs, menus, and cereal boxes or online while looking something up or playing a game.
2. If they are interested in a subject find reading materials for them–pronto.
Any time your boy is interested in a specific topic put reading materials in front of them right away. For example, if your boy is into dinosaurs, get non-fiction books, fiction books, magazines, drawing books, graphic novels and more. Find websites for them to explore, take them to a museum and let them read the signs on the displays.
3. Get books of all levels
I suggest letting a child pick many of their own books from the time they can reach out and grab one If the book is below their reading level they can see how words are spelled or practice patterns of speech. If the book is above their level they will not understand everything but you can read it to them or they can ask for help. They will also understand some of it and learn new words.
4. Read out loud to them no matter what their age
Start reading to them when they are very young and don’t stop until they move out. I am quite serious about this. Sadly, as soon as kids start to read on their own they are read to less and less. Keep reading to them! It is so important for them to continue to hear people reading. They can pick up so much, including language, pronunciation, sentence structure and more. You can also use audio books and Playaways which are great because they often feature wonderful narrators.
5. Share books with other boys
If possible try to find a way for your boy to share books with other boys. If there is a boy’s book club that you can join that is great. If not, you could always start one—that is what I did! Or get a few boys together to chat about the books they enjoy. Knowing that other boys read, and enjoy it, can be great for boys who are not too sure about reading and for boys who love to read it can be a whole lot of fun.
Reading is so rewarding and it is a path to boys’ learning success. I hope you will try a few of these ideas to bring more reading materials into your boy’s life and let them know that you value (and enjoy!) reading.
What do you do to get your boy reading?