Reluctant readers come in all ages, stages, and sizes. This summer, overcome a lack of enthusiasm with these tips, which can be applied to book haters of all ages. Examples will link to children's materials, but all suggestions can work for grown-ups, too.
- Forget reading level for just a minute, and start with interests or hobbies. Search for fiction and nonfiction that focus on that topic. If you like soccer, use our subject headings to find relevant biographies, fiction, and nonfiction.
- Explore picture books. There are many beautiful titles that are worth reading, and as a bonus are short and satisfying.
- Use writing as a springboard and create a summer journal. Then see why journal-format fiction is so popular.
- Explore the graphic novel shelf. Dense illustrations make a reader slow down to really enjoy the story.
- Come to a book discussion program, or start your own. Read the book together. Reading can be more fun when it's shared, and even if you hated the book, you can talk about how much you disliked it.
- Grab some poetry. Sometimes it's serious, but a lot of times it's silly and entertaining.
- Listen to an audiobook. All of the story and vocabulary words without the visuals.
No matter what, keep trying. Try new formats, try new recommendations, try non-print stories. It's never too late to find something good.