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    I wanted to share with you all since I knew it would be appreciated here.

    My oldest is choosing to read now. He's not reading quality books, but he is freely choosing to read. He's coming up to me and asking to read to me and asking to be allowed to read in his room after bedtime. The first time he came downstairs after bedtime and asked I think my eyes may have popped out of my head.

    He is reading superhero beginning readers from the library and the major hit is a set of out of print Scooby Doo scholastic readers. So I am willingly (happily) purchasing twaddle.

    He also wants me to put my finger under words when I read aloud to him. It is so exciting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfhargett View Post
    My oldest is choosing to read now... asking to be allowed to read in his room after bedtime.... He also wants me to put my finger under words when I read aloud to him. It is so exciting.
    Small brag, but BIG accomplishment!

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    Love, love, love this! Don’t worry: the twaddle will fall off after he is “tricked” into loving quality reading. You won’t have to say a thing. Literature speaks for itself.

    Huge congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfhargett View Post
    I wanted to share with you all since I knew it would be appreciated here.

    My oldest is choosing to read now. He's not reading quality books, but he is freely choosing to read. He's coming up to me and asking to read to me and asking to be allowed to read in his room after bedtime. The first time he came downstairs after bedtime and asked I think my eyes may have popped out of my head.

    He is reading superhero beginning readers from the library and the major hit is a set of out of print Scooby Doo scholastic readers. So I am willingly (happily) purchasing twaddle.

    He also wants me to put my finger under words when I read aloud to him. It is so exciting.
    That is such a good feeling isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by howiecram View Post
    That is such a good feeling isn't it?
    Congratulations! May I ask: how did you get to this point? C turns 9 next week, can read fairly smoothly now, is doing well in MP1, but doesn't want to read. Part of it is that his confidence is shot because his younger sister (also in MP1) is devouring every book she can get her hands on. He said he doesn't like the time it takes to read -- his sister is a speed reader so I wonder if that has just reinforced the normal ADHD anything-that-takes-time-aversion. I finally found Nate the Great at the library but he hasn't taken off with it. I've tried some other series as well. No dice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jen1134 View Post
    Congratulations! May I ask: how did you get to this point? C turns 9 next week, can read fairly smoothly now, is doing well in MP1, but doesn't want to read. Part of it is that his confidence is shot because his younger sister (also in MP1) is devouring every book she can get her hands on. He said he doesn't like the time it takes to read -- his sister is a speed reader so I wonder if that has just reinforced the normal ADHD anything-that-takes-time-aversion. I finally found Nate the Great at the library but he hasn't taken off with it. I've tried some other series as well. No dice.
    Honestly, I just stumbled onto "the right" series. He is really into Super Heroes so I got some level 1 readers from the library. He happened to see a comic with Batman and Scooby Doo and brought that home. Turned out I had to read it. He wanted more of that but I told him I wasn't going to read a whole series of comic books out loud. He wondered if there were any Scooby Doo books he could read which lead to a search for readers. They were the first book he actually requested to read. So I've bought 8 so far. I'll likely buy the whole series.

    I'm hoping once he likes the act of reading I'll be able to strew a few higher quality books around and see which series take off. Maybe Billy and Blaze or Hank the Cowdog. I really don't know too much about many series that appeal more to boys.

    Is your son really into any particular topic? Anything he really wants to learn about? There are lots of good nonfiction readers (DK, etc.) You could also leave a few in the car near where he sits so that he has access in a time where he can't run off somewhere else. Do you do a lot of reading aloud? You could read the first in a series out loud to get him hooked, then tell him you won't read anymore to him but tell him that he can read them and you'll sit with him and he can ask you for any help that he needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jen1134 View Post
    Congratulations! May I ask: how did you get to this point? C turns 9 next week, can read fairly smoothly now, is doing well in MP1, but doesn't want to read. Part of it is that his confidence is shot because his younger sister (also in MP1) is devouring every book she can get her hands on. He said he doesn't like the time it takes to read -- his sister is a speed reader so I wonder if that has just reinforced the normal ADHD anything-that-takes-time-aversion. I finally found Nate the Great at the library but he hasn't taken off with it. I've tried some other series as well. No dice.
    Congrats to the OP!

    My 9yo has had issues with reading and while he has been able to read for awhile, it was only this summer he read anything I would consider a book willingly (he liked comic books for the pictures) and without having someone read with him. FWIW he never liked Nate the Great either, but saw a big 4-in-1 book of Heros in Training at Costco that he REALLY wanted. He actually did read it and is still extremely proud of himself. He also really liked checking out a couple of books from the library for my kindle when he finished it. In the "we have to read almost everything together phase" he liked the Mercy Watson series and the Magic Tree House series fairly well. There are also audiobooks at our library that helped. His older brother wouldn't willingly read anything but non-fiction until he was far enough along to read how to train your dragon. There are quite a few good easy read non-fiction books out there. Have you considered any sort of magazine subscription like National Geographic Kids or Ranger Rick? Getting mail always goes over well here. I am also not above a bit of incentizing things that are important to me ;-)

    Good luck in finding what clicks
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    Lower level books my son recommends: Frog and Toad series, anything else by Arnold Lobel, and especially The Bravest Dog Ever: Balto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylswope View Post
    Lower level books my son recommends: Frog and Toad series, anything else by Arnold Lobel, and especially The Bravest Dog Ever: Balto.
    Well, he apparently he does like Nate the Great -- but he still doesn't want to read it. He doesn't even want to read How to Train Your Dragon, his all-time favorite topic in the world. He said that reading is just too hard because he can't remember the sounds everything is supposed to make and therefore it takes too long. I told him that's why we're trying to do more flashcard work (which he usually refuses to join in with). He agreed that he's basically causing his own misery because he's not willing to do the extra practice he needs, but that's as far as the conversation went. *sigh*
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    Keep plugging away! Your determination is stronger than his dislike. He will thank you in the end. We can try to find good boy books, but the real key is our own perseverance.

    We recently unearthed Jim Forest & the Bandit from our hidden-away-for-years Keepsake Bin. My son said, "Mom! I remember how you MADE me read this. Over and over, until I could read it." He paused, looking through the book with a surprisingly wistful smile. Then he said from his now deep, 6'2" voice, "And now I can read."

    My Michael has said many times, "I just want to thank you again for teaching me to read. I cannot imagine my life now without books."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jen1134 View Post
    May I ask: how did you get to this point?
    Hope you don't mind me jumping in here. I have a kiddo who turned 9 this summer, and has dug in his heels on everything school related for time immemorial. It's always *too hard* [insert whining, tantrums, hours sitting at the table staring into space, etc].

    This summer I happened to give him The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Instant bookworm. No idea how it happened, but he read the entire book in one day and asked for the next one. I already owned them, but they were in boxes in our moving process. By golly, I went out and bought a new copy of all seven books!

    Frankly, I think l just got lucky. Hopefully your kiddo catches the fire soon!
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