Everyone knows that the best way to improve reading skills is by reading, but that can be a tough sell for boys who don’t feel like books have anything interesting to offer them. The best thing to do is focus on what your child is particularly interested in. If he is like many boys, most fiction holds little appeal and classic childhood titles like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little just won’t cut it. Here are some tried and true genres that even the pickiest boys have enjoyed for years:
Joke Books: Joke books are great because they offer quick satisfaction for a frustrated reader. You don’t have to spend much time reading to get to the funny punch line!
Natural Disaster Books: For some reason, boys just love to read books about tornados, volcanoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters and we are happy to provide them!
World Records/Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Always a crowd pleaser.
Sports Statistics: Fun factoids to read and learn!
Scary Stories: Who doesn’t like a good creepy story?
Comic Books: You might wonder if comic books are “legitimate” reading material. Current research says that reading comic books can do a lot to develop children into lifelong readers of all types of books.
Guys Read: A web-based literacy program for boys
How Comics Helped My Kid Love Reading by Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor at The Huffington Post