“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book” – Frank Serafini
The first book that my son got excited over was one of the Minecraft Handbooks. He had only recently discovered Minecraft and was hooked. Gone was his obsession with Dinosaurs, now all he could talk about was this brick building game he played on the iPad. We had recently purchased the four Minecraft Handbooks for the school library where I worked. Before I put them out on the shelves (where they would soon be consumed over and over by eager kids) I brought them home for my son to look at.
He was entranced. He looked through each and every book. Although his reading skills were in their infancy he still managed to deduce what the books were about. More importantly these books made him want to learn to read. He quickly recognized the sight words he already knew and began to sound out other words he thought might be useful. My heart soared. When dinner time came round I didn’t have the heart to tell him to take his books off the table. Instead I let him eat dinner while perusing his books. (I very quickly brought him his own copies which he read over and over and over).
The quote by Frank Serafini sums up the moral of this story succinctly. The choice of book matters!!! Find your child’s currency and use it – even if its a book about Shopkins, or Thomas the Tank Engine or in this mothers case a Minecraft Handbook.