Reading tutors know that sometimes getting a child turned on to reading is only a matter of finding a single book, series, or genre that the student can enjoy. Once children discover that piece of material that they can actually look forward to reading, it often helps something click inside them. Suddenly, reading is not so bad. Below is a list of titles or genres that been particularly popular among boy elementary students, according to reading tutors, librarians and teachers.
- Graphic novels-These books are written in a comic book style, but often have the story development and length of a novel. This combination of art and text can sometimes trick boys who claim to be anit-books into thinking that they aren't really reading. The Bone series by Jeff Smith tend to be favored by male elementary students.
- Non-fiction titles-Boys are often draw to non fiction books possibly because they are offered in a variety of topics, are fact-based and straight-forward, or often have an equal picture text ratio. Non-fiction books can be especially useful if a student has a very particular interest or hobby. For example, if a child loves soccer or dinosaurs, all the facts, pictures and information in non-fiction texts on these topics are sure to spark his interest.
- Series books-It is very helpful if a student can get hooked on a series because it makes him want to keep digesting all the books in the series. And, once they finish one series, it is likely they will search for another. Some popular series books that boys often enjoy are Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Goosebumps by R.L Stine, and Geronimo Stilton (by Geronimo Stilton).
A reading tutor may also be able to determine if a child dislikes reading because it is difficult. In many instances a child saying that something is "boring" or that they simply "hate it" really translations into the fact that it is hard for them. If this is the case, there are many different strategies a reading tutor can use to help sharpen a child's reading skills and build his confidence at the same time. TutorWhiz is an excellent way to search for tutors by city, grade or subject.