Entertaining Them


Is your child an avid reader or a reluctant one? Having been a bookworm, I felt very comfortable when my first son seemed to be born with a love of books—it felt like an inherited trait. The next guy, well, he liked construction, then soccer, and then environmentalism and then cooking. His love of reading took a little longer to set in (third grade, to the distraction of everything else in school, including writing—but that’s another story). My newly minted fourth grader, he still doesn’t pick up a book first (or second). He picks these up—and even brought one as his silent reading book for school (phew, that was easy).

Because there’s a preschooler in the house, the picture books remain prominent and he likes those, which is great. My most recent big win for reading material, though, are books I originally found in England but can be found here, too—the Horrible Geography series (see also, Horrible Math, Horrible Science, Horrible History). These funny, fact-filled books have humor and graphics and a light take on loads of information and seem to be books even a not so excited reader can dive right into—and stay a while.

Between the series’ there are many to choose from, so you too can stick with them a while (that often helps the reluctant readers, I find). For your soccer lover, there is also the Foul Football series—although I could only find one on Amazon (but more on Amazon UK).

As my bookworm—and now movie loving, Internet loving—eleventh grader points out, if you’re mentioning horribleness, you shouldn’t neglect Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, just because it’s “awesome.” If he were writing this post, I am pretty sure he’d add, “You’re welcome.”

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer, whose work appears in the ebook anthology Welcome to My WorldBrain Child Magazine & the Huffington Post, Babble & Bamboo Magazine amongst others. She does some blogging for Teen Life and keeps her own blog—Standing in the Shadows—at the Valley Advocate. She and her dear husband are raising four children and enduring a great deal of chaos in the relatively sleepless process.


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One Comment


  1. Posted by: TrishO

    Thank you for the recommendation. Like you I have a reluctant reader 3rd grade son. I am always looking for book ideas. When I ask my husband what he read as a child he will answer, “I didn’t. I played Risk.” So I guess our son comes by the reluctant reading naturally. Another series that seems to grab his attention are the Nicholas books from France. At times the English translation in the edition we have can be slightly awkward but my son seems to like the trouble Nicholas and his class mates get into. Love ideas for good “boy” books.

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