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  • Let him choose what to read. Whether it's a book about dinosaurs or even road signs. Encourage him to read directions on how to do something he may want to learn to do or even cook. My 9 year old boy loves to make brownies and reading the instructions on the back of the box was a great way to get him to enjoy reading.

  • Read with him! He's much more likely to be excited about reading if you are excited about it, and once something like a bedtime story or after-dinner story becomes tradition, they're hooked. The love of stories is universal, and once a child realizes that they love stories and language, they'll be happy to do the extra work of reading and jumping into these other worlds by themselves.

  • Be role model for him- parents have to read books and kids will copy parents or older sisters and brothers in early childhood. Start with reading for them every day chapter by chapter. My parents never offer me incentives but I read a lot of books.

  • Take him to the library/ bookstore and let him pick out a couple of books...make reading part of a routine. Sit down with him and read (you read a page he reads a page).

  • Don't make it a chore, but more of a gift and something exciting. Let him choose what he wants to read and maybe give an incentive.

  • That is a very good question. I hated reading til I was much older. Part of that had to do with not being able to focus, which made comprehension of what I had read difficult. It is no fun ready one paragraph two and three times, because you cannot stay on task. So, number one... If your child scores well on reading and comprehension, and has no learning disability, then it is likely just a matter of time. Your next step is finding what your son loves. If he loves science, dinosaurs, then find books on that. If he likes Art, then find books that help him learn to do art, and fiction books where the main character likes art as well. Sports, mysteries, westerns could be a draw. Funny thing is... the first couple books I loved were non-tradition girl books. One was a mystery book about a boy named Dexter solving a crime with his friends, and the other was entitled Ship Afire. So... Don't get stuck in thinking he will only like this or that. Help him to see that there is a huge variety of choices. The last couple things I would say is this... If he is not to old, find a wonderful chapter book, and read a chapter to him out loud. But take turns reading it together. My Hungarian Mother, Grandmother inspired me, because they loved to read. In closing I will say one last thing. If a book is not interesting, who would want to read it. I put down books all the time, that are either poorly written, or just completely boring. Take him to the Library and have him sit down with a half dozen books, and read what they are about. And then, only take home one or two.

  • Simply having books, magazines, and newspapers around your home will help children view them as part of daily life. And your example of reading frequently and enjoying it will reinforce that view.  While your children are still very small, it's a good idea to start a home library for them, even if it's just a shelf or two. Be sure to keep some books for little children to handle freely.  Include specially made, extra-durable books for infants, and pick paperbacks and plastic covers for kids who are older but still not quite ready for expensive hardbacks. Allowing little children to touch, smell, and even taste books will help them develop strong attachments.  How you handle books will eventually influence how your kids treat them. Children imitate, so if they see that you enjoy reading and treat books gently and with respect, it is likely that they will do the same.

  • I think that reading - whether that be superhero comics or newspaper articles - should be fun. If you find reading matter that relates to a child's specific interest, it will hopefully enthuse a kid to learn more about that subject matter. Reading aloud is also incredibly helpful. There is a difference between the physical act of reading, and being involved in a story. If you can get your kid invested in a story, then the reading will follow. Maybe alternate chapters or pages with your child.

  • Have books of a hard material that he can manipulate at will and will not break easily. Be sure that each page images have good size and colors associated with the text that should be short and written in a large print to prevent the child gets tired soon. Have your child sit on your lap and you read along with page by page. Discuss one by one and go explaining the images you have in each of them. At the end of the book, ask comprehension questions and if possible you could tell yourself in your own words what I read and increase the value of what is written in this book.

  • maybe find a book that is focused on the specific things he really enjoys! once you find one good book he will want to continue reading

  • Find out where his interests lie. Does he like sports? cars? dinosaurs? Once you have established his interest, locate him literature, books or even comic books. This should encourage him to read. Also, discover why he doesn't like to read. Maybe he cannot see, needs glasses. Have him tested for dyslexia. Good luck. Maybe its just a phase.

  • If your son has a favorite pet, or toy, stuffed animal etc. Try to persuade him to read to his dog/pet/etc. because they really enjoy it...That's easier when its alive I guess lol. I used to tell a little girl to read to her horse and that he had told me he really loves it...She was out there every day reading to him after her daily ride. And her C in reading became an A!!

  • Try getting books about topics that are a high level of interest to him. If he really likes cars, dinosaurs or transformers, those books will appeal more to him. Also, being read to by an adult or an older sibling that can help him appreciate the books that he can't read on his own yet might get him motivated to be able to read them himself. Hope that helps.

  • well hes ate think about his favorite cartoon of movie wat he like. and find a book about that may work it worked on me and my brothers.

  • Have reading time everyday. Make a Treasure box and if he reads a book every night or is at least trying more then let the child pick a toy from the treasure box at the end of every week.

  • When my son was that age he was really in to cowboys and indians. I got us some cheap cowboy hats and Indian headdresses, and, I would set up a fort under the table with blankets, pillows and flashlights and read things to him, with the book open for us both to see, and my finger following under each word. I read in an excited whisper and changed voices for different characters. I read things like The Life of Daniel Boone and the autobiography of Jeronimo (sp?), and I (then "we") read Daniel Boone cover to cover about 17 times. After awhile, he started reciting passages, and then taking the book and "reading" the lines (some of them were probably just memorized). For bedtime, I would read Good Night Moon in a sing song jazz voice and as he matured I would add little tid bits about Jazz music at the end of the book that'd we'd talk about before we said good night.

  • Take him to Barnes and Noble or a bookstore and have him pick out a book or 2 he might like. Sometimes it just looks cool or they like the cover but it helps. Another idea is pick a book that they have made a movie for. Harry potter, the maze runner, superhero books, percy jackson, narnia, etc. My brother did this. We watched the maze runner movie and he loved it so i took him to barnes and noble and we got all 4 books. He read them and he doesn't like to read.

  • I like to play games and activities that involve reading. The activity depends on the child's interest. For example, if a child likes arts and crafts, we'll read a story together, then do an art project pertaining to what the story is about, like a diorama. We really get involved with the programs at our local library. We go to the library every Friday. Does your 8 year old boy like computers and electronic devices like most boys do?! I enjoy reading stories with the children off my IPad and acting out favorite scenes afterwards. There's this game that forces you to play ball while telling a story. You throw the ball, and whoever is the one to catch, gets to say the next line in the story. Wall murals are also fun! Tape up large pieces of paper to a bedroom or playroom wall. Your son could create his own mural about his favorite book. It's about making the stories come to life, so that it's not a chore to read but fun!

  • Be sure to model the behavior you want to see in your child. Mare sure he sees you enjoying a book, magazine, paper, etc. Set aside special reading time. Make a no electronics hour. When he asks questions about things, make it a mystery solving adventure to find the answer by reading about it. Make a big deal out of him telling you about what he's read. Take him to the library. Make it a special outing. Show him books and magazines about the characters from movies/tv/games/sports/subjects that he likes. Get him a wallet and get him a library card to put in it. Kids like to feel grown up and responsible. Leave books he might like in the bathroom. Sort of a captive audience. :) Read to him at night before bed, when he wants to spend that extra time with you.

  • Let him pick what to read but also make a game out of it. Such as, he has a certain amount to read and then time him and see how fast he reads it and set up "best times" or "high scores" then possibly let him indulge in a favorite activity.

  • Some children are not developmentally ready to read at that age. Encourage imaginative play and outdoor play, and read to your child every night snuggled up. He will enjoy and cherish the close reading time with you as his special time. You can also tell stories from your head and encourage him to do the same to you. I did not read well until age 9 and then was a superlative reader from that point on, going on to read in many different languages. Be relaxed about it, while still making sure there are no issues others have mentioned (like vision problems), and it should come.

  • Find out his interests and likes. I'm sure if you find him a book about something he likes he will want to read it. Anything to make it fun!

  • Acting out the book and using different voices as you are reading to them. Reading in one voice or with no emotions will seem dull and boring. If you add a little into the story the child will pay attention and will also want to show you how they can do it. If the words are read in a happy, sad, or excited tone, the child will sit and listen more closely. If it is about animal like a lion, roar. If it is a cat, meow. This helps them use their imagination as you read. After a short time they would want to try it.

  • As a teacher, I have noticed that it's more common for boys to dislike reading and that's okay. Many boys that don't have a great love for reading grow up to be very good students. Of course, as parents and educators, we want our children to be good readers. Have a family "reading time", where the whole family reads independently for maybe half an hour a day. At eight, he is not too old to be read to, so continue to read to him in addition to him reading by himself. I tutor a 7 year old boy who doesn't like to read and I came up with the idea where we each take turns reading a page. That has been working well so far for him. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and passions, so my children always saw me reading both fiction and non-fiction. They are both great readers who enjoy reading tremendously. Good luck!

  • Reading time is a precious ritual where kids look forward to the process. Have a wide variety of children's books. Pick them out together @ the library. Find out what style each child enjoys. Some of the kids I cared for loved funny books, others loved animal themes, etc. It actually is great to do before a nap or bedtime. Find a comfortable place to sit with your child, we even built a fort out of an old box & filled it with comfy pillows & blankets & made it the reading place. Kids sometimes enjoy the same book over & over. They make it part of their routine. It's predictable & makes them feel calm & safe. Reading becomes attached to a positive experience & children will actually request it. Limit them to 2-3 books in a row, they automatically will want more... Have fun & be creative. Kids feed off of our enthusiasm!

  • To get children interested in reading have the child dramatize the story. Doing this will be fun and encourage reading. Perhaps you may change your voice and add props. Pick a sentence from the story, and write it out. Like the story Are you my Mother. The next day you may say Are you my mother today. Children love this.

  • I try to read the books in character using voices acting and intonation. This makes it more interesting like a play or TV. They get to actively get involved so it is fun for them and doesn't seem like reading

  • It seems like a big process, but it works. Have a pencil and some paper. When you reach the library and after he picks out one or two books. Have him help you write down the names of other books he'd like in the future. Then when you are at home and ready to make the next trip to the library, have him draw some of the names written on paper from the bowl and these will be the ones he can help you hunt for. It gives a great way to try something new in selecting books and it focuses in on what he would like. Of course, if he wants more than one book when goes to pick out what he/she has drawn, even better. This is what I've used when a child in a class is bored even starting to read. Before you scoff, try it, it works. And it's fun for the child to go through the process. Teaches him/her about a sequence too.

  • Have him choose what to read. If you can, read with him. If you are there with him when he reads, he will see that you are participating in the "fun". If you just tell him to read "more", that is not really setting clear goals. Goals need to have a time limit on them. Another important this is what you do. Do you read something when he is home? If he doesn't see you read, he will wonder why you are asking him to read more. So if you can, spend some of your free time reading - when he is home. That way you don't get "But I never see YOU reading mommy, so why should I read?" And lastly, positive reinforcement may work. Find something that he really likes and say "Well if you don't read at least XYZ minutes today (set a time, like 20 minutes a day), then I guess you can't watch your favorite tv show today". (If he doesn't like tv, and if he loves his computer more, make that the thing to take away.) Make it simple. You want to keep the time limits simple. Don't give a huge goal such as "I want you to read this entire book by the end of the week". He may get overwhelmed. Instead you can say "I want you to spend 20 minutes a day reading on a topic of your choice." Make a chart so both of you can see it. Label it Sunday - Saturday. If you want him to read 7 days a week you need to explain that to him. If you want him to have a "free day" with no reading - discuss with him what free day he wants. (Perhaps the free day could be the busiest day of your work week). When he completes 20 minutes of reading (or whatever amount of reading you want him to do), reward him. Make sure you follow through. Don't say you are going to "Do" something then not do it. Children learn fast! Make the "goals" daily so you can keep track of them. If you want your son to read 20 minutes daily, then you need to communicate exactly that to him. Saying "I want you to read more" is ambiguous and children know this (they may not know the word or the meaning, but they know when someone doesn't set clear limits or goals for them). If you want him to read a chapter a day - you need to say that. I used to hate reading as a child and I didn't really get into it until I was about 12. I didn't realize how fun it was to read until I picked up some teenage (girl) romance novels. If he loves cars, let him go find books on cars. I know for me when I was a child I used to hate reading in class since I thought I was a horrible reader and I got embarrassed. This feeling continued until I was a freshman in high school. I think if I read more at home I probably wouldn't have felt like that at school. Hope this helps.

  • Read to him, every time he shows interest or brings you a book. If you can, set up a time every day (morning, bedtime, lunch time, whenever) when you can consistently invite him to choose books to read, and read to him. To be sure, quizzing him on words and whatnot could dampen his enthusiasm; I'd recommend just reading to him and letting him start to enjoy the process. You'll be giving him a tremendous gift, as a love for reading will carry him through the rest of his life. Even if he wants you to read the same six books over and over, repetition is normal and natural; let him pick what he most wants to hear.

  • Use books for occasions i.e. ratatouille or lady and the tramp for spaghetti night and match books to shows they were in the mood to watch that day. Maybe they have a favorite song that relates to a book etc. I helped younger kids when I was in elementary school and one kid always read comics. Everyone starts somewhere.

  • Be the example! Allow him to see that you enjoy books and that he can find very interesting things in them. Also, offer him books on a subject that he would enjoy (Legos, animals, space). Make sure that they are age appropriate so that he can understand done of the questions that he might have. Overall, be patient and loving. He will get into it on his time. Offering love, support and guidance is the best gift of all fir him right now.

  • Simply - read out loud to your child. I believe reading together is the simplest, most important gift you can give to your young child. It is always so very important for your child to see you reading for yourself - and not just newspapers or on-line articles, but actual BOOKS. And enjoying them. If you can't enjoy reading books yourself, how can you expect your child to enjoy it?

  • I find that a book were the child can play the roll or character like a play is fun and one hundred percent interactive. What kid would not like to play his favorite hero or maybe pretend to be a lion? Is one I believe useful way to catch a child's attention and help him or her development love for reading. This will also be a excellent way for the child to practice reading and how to read. I also let my chargers know as I did my son when he was little, that books are gifts that comes in many colors, shape, sides and these books are to be care for.

  • Take him/her to the library. Let the child pick out a book that he/she is interested in. Sit and read with the child and then ask questions. Go to the museum and see what excites them. Find a book about their interest at the museum or let them draw and color what they saw at the museum. Children that sees their parent(s) reading a lot will also pick up this good habit.

  • Maybe, he is having trouble reading, have him tested for his vision or to see if he has any learning delays. Could be dyslexic or other comprehension problems. That can effect the interest or the ability to read and enjoy it. Reading should be fun and interesting at any age.

  • I have found that comic books like Calvin and Hobbs or Charlie Brown are a fun way for kids to read. The great stories and tons of pictures makes reading less intimidating.

  • All of the above are good ways to help a child learn to love reading. Remember too, all children progress at a different pace.

  • Read with him. Make sure you are excited. Make it a play in his head. Go at his pace. If this isn't working try "if you read (insert number) books this week I will let you (insert treat/new toy/pick place to eat).

  • read something he likes for him, ask him to read something for you, like it´s his turn. You can also show him a list titles and ask him to pick one so he will read and pick one.

  • You can let him choose a book that he likes or use an incentive to get him to read. There all a lot of interactive websites that involves with children reading. you can make it into a game. If they have a favorite dessert and its easy to make they can help you with the directions.

  • Find out what he likes be it superheros, animals or even music. Then get a book on his interest . Read along with him and make sure to get very excited every time you read with him. Therefore, he won't see it as a task he will see it as a fun activity.

  • Reward Him ! I reward my nephews whenever they read more than 5 books in two weeks. i usually buy them candy that they really enojy or take them out to places they enjoy going to. Also i have a chart in where i place a star sticker by their name each time they finish reading a book. Choose books that interest them too. Good Luck!

  • Read along with them for first few times and make it in a fun ways. Teach them the sounds how it goes when kids learn something new they enjoy it and will not stop reading book before they fall a sleep.

  • Use a chart and have a goal of how many minutes to read for the month. Let him choose what to read from the library or book store. Write how many minutes he reads each day and reward him when he reaches his goal.

  • To get your child to read more, give him a binder. Have him draw a story with one picture on each page. Leave room at the bottom to describe each picture. Ask him what each picture is about. Have him write it. Help him with spelling. Lavish him with praise. Read the story back to him. Then have him read to a younger child. He'll feel so proud. Rosalyn

  • Spend time finding books on subjects he loves. At 8, most boys enjoy books that are funny and have pictures. Find picture books that are at 2nd grade reading level (instead of just chapter books). Take turns reading each page. Give each character a different "voice" and encourage him to do that as well. For chapter books, once you find an author he enjoys (like Bill Wallace) you can do an online search for similar authors. Have him read to you and be sure to make comments and laugh along.

  • I have a theater background and I love to read because I have always had a very active imagination....have him pick a book and have him read a bit and then take what he read and you and him can re-create it! Make it interactive...some kids find reading boring because they think just sitting an reading is no fun....but if you make it something more and expressive it might be seen as an adventure or more fun because you and him are bring the words to life! all of these suggestions are great but each child is different as everyone should agree. It's all about figuring out what sparks the light in the eyes of YOUR child. Good Luck!

  • Every child in my family discovered a fondness for reading because my mother read animatedly to each of us every evening. If you know the kinds of movies that your son enjoys, choose some stories that are similar. For example, if he enjoys adventures, stories like The Chronicles of Narnia, or Harry Potter might suit him. Actively committing to doing the voices for characters and being excited about reading it to him will help.

  • Offer him incentives, the more he reads the more incentives he gets.

  • I would ask the child what is favorite book that the teacher read in class and made them laugh. We can follow up on that story at the school library or visit the after school branch.

  • Have him read books, articles, etc. that are related to things he likes. If he's into rocket ships, then show him an article from NASA. If he's into music, then listen to different types of music while reading about old school composers. The list goes on, but just appeal to his interests.

  • Let him stay up passed his bed time but only if he's reading in a place where you can see that he's reading. That's what my mom used to do for my sibling and I and now we love reading.

  • See if his favorite video game has a book. My husband would only read halo books as a teen. It gives them insight into the game and they'll read it and read it, then realize they just read a whole book and enjoyed every minute of it!

  • Reading is always fun all you have to do is let him choose from those that he likes to read and you read with him reading is so much fun when you read with expression

  • Make it fun, let him choose what to read but also use things like songs to emphasize those lessons taught in classes.

  • Pick a book that is about what he is interested in with good pictures. Let him change the ending or details of the story. Praise him for trying instead of telling him he is smart so that if he doesn't read as much as others, he doesn't think he is stupid.

  • Find out his interest and bring it to life.Practice acting out the roll to make it more memorable.then he will want to do this with friends.also you can make puppets out of old socks that's always fun.

  • I make reading fun like sound effects and add more excitement make more fun to read. The more you read to him and show him how reading can be fun maybe he's will start reading too.

  • Read with him! Make it fun by giving the characters voices and pointing while reading to show what's going on in the story. And sometimes look at him while reading so the characters are speaking to him. Make him feel part of it by asking questions during reading like "coco shared! Yay, good job coco!" "Do you like to share?"

  • I've had experience in classrooms with kids his age. Definitely let him choose what he wants to read. Whether it be a comic book, magazine, graphic novel, or a regular book. If he gets to choose what he wants to read, it will not only let him enjoy it, but will build his confidence in reading and he will eventually choose harder books that interest him. Forcing him to read will only turn him off to it more.

  • Read to him in an animated voice. Make the stories come alive for him. Let him see you reading for your own enjoyment. Let him read more than just books. Let him look at magazines, comic strips, etc. Let him write his own stories and then read them to you, your family and friends.

  • Find out what is he passionate about and give him a variety of book of that subject (libraries are a good source of books without spending a penny!). Even instructions how to built a toy (Legos) are a good start! You won't go wrong with funny books like Garfield, or books about magic tricks or jokes! Remember learning to love reading is a process, be patient and persistent!

  • Let him have a choice of books to read. Also you can read with him. You could even take turns reading the book and also make mistakes on some words so he can correct you. It might make him feel like "Oh mommies and daddies make reading mistakes too." It might be helpful. You can also do popcorn reading between the two of you.

  • Fill your home with books tailored to his interests. Make frequent trips to the library and book stores. Read, read, read yourself. Read, read, read to him. Make it fun!

  • Suggest books and genres that he has an interest in. Also, no one will enjoy something if they are being forced to do it. Maybe say he needs to read for about 20-30 minutes a day but he can choose to do it at anytime he wants. Also, tell him about books that have really interested you and made you excited to read and maybe he will start to become more interested since you are reading too.

  • Go to the library and have him pick out short stories that he thinks might be interesting. My younger brothers particularly enjoyed the skippy john jones series. Reading aloud, and audio books may be the best way to show him the adventures he can have through reading.

  • Make it fun! Start by letting him choose a book. Say he chooses a book about super heroes, you could act out some scenes from the book. So that way it becomes more fun. You can do that with many books. Now lets say he chooses one about transportation. You can go on a trip to show him how the transportations shown on the book look in real life. It's all about being creativity.

  • I would read to him every night, but not just read. Put enthusiasm and some color and life to the story. Reenact some parts of the story. Make it fun. Prepare before hand. Show him his reading is fun to do. Bring out his imagination.

  • Find something that interest him and make the experience FUN

  • Think about what your child likes, what are his interests? If he like cars encourage him to read a book about cars. Then over time encourage him to read other subjects!

  • Probably by just backing off. Anything you want a child to do should never include forcing them to do something. You could make him do it by giving him options for the way that we spend segments of the day as a family--- we could read or do nature. Nature could include weeding and mowing the yard. He's still young so you could foster a love of literature- but it really should have begun at infancy. He should always see you reading, laughing out loud to books, discussing literature at family meals--- essentially modeling the behaviors that you want to see. Create a beautiful library with great lighting, comfy lounge chairs and interesting titles that jump off the shelves. Write and illustrate your own books as a family

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