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Get Kids Excited About Reading

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I just posted an article about being the kind of parent who gets involved and makes sure your children stay academically sharp over the summer. One of the points I made talked about sitting down with your kid and helping them to choose a book that engaged them on a personal level.

For some kids, reading is a chose. For others, it is a delightful escape. No matter, all children need to be reading as often as possible. The more they read, the better they get at reading. The better they are at reading, the more they read. It’s an unending circle.

More often than not, someone just needs to spend one-on-one time with a child and help them to find at least one book that captures their interest. I LOVE to read, but a textbook on Economics puts me to sleep and is often a struggle for me to comprehend on a satisfactory level. I’m no different from anyone else. If we are honestly interested in what we are reading, it is easier to read.

For some kids, the text that hooks them might be a sports magazine, or a book about robots, or a story about a princess. One genre I have found interests a wide variety of children of school age is fantasy adventure. It just seems to resonate with children, probably because children have more vivid imaginations by nature than their adult counterparts.

Here then, is one reading suggestion along these lines: Chin and the Magic Stones: Book One – Becoming Guardians by L.J. Salazar.

It has adventure chock full of riddles. It has an entire world of fantasy vivid with the potential of magic. It has lessons in the value of positive thinking, and it has a protagonist that kids can relate to in our modern world. If you think your child would find joy in the fantasy genre, this is a good first book to give them as they embark on their new reading journey.

Clocking in at a brief 108 pages, Chin and the Magic Stones will not overwhelm a struggling reader. And, it will leave more confident readers anxious for the next book in the series. It is generally suited for young readers from the ages of 7 to 11, but we all know that kids read at many different levels at any given age, so this is a book actually appropriate for a much broader age range.


And, in the end, it all comes down to helping our children make reading choices that will not only engage and excite them, but also have a positive impact on their lives. Anyone who experiences Chin’s adventure along with him will come away with the benefits of some of the lessons he learns about believing in himself and understanding that positive thoughts lead to self esteem and the fulfillment of dreams. These are lessons we all need to learn – over and over.

Salazar is the father of an 11-year-old son, so you can rest assured that this story is coming from someone who understands the age group for which he is writing. On the surface, this is the exciting adventure of a boy and his dog (the extraordinary Eagle). On a deeper level, it’s a handbook for positive thought.

Take a look at Chin and the Magic Stones on Amazon’s website. You can pick it up for less than $10.


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Comment by Tina Kubala Subscribed to comments via email
2009-06-27 11:37:35

You are right. Most of the children’s books that meant the most to me were sci-fi or fantasy. Narnia and The Hobbit and A Wrinkle in Time. I still spend much of my time in those type of worlds.

Comment by farm fencing Subscribed to comments via email
2009-07-07 07:57:23

I have taken away video games, TV. I have tried to find thing they seem to be interested in and find books about it for them to read. The biggest problem is getting them to read.

Comment by Professional website design Subscribed to comments via email
2009-07-09 15:44:43

How about intitutimg a reading comprhension competition. Have a small question about each book and have prizes for the student with the most points. And award points on degree of dificulty and level of reading.

Comment by Trading post Subscribed to comments via email
2009-07-09 15:46:17

I have found that the best way to get kids to read is to make them want to read and not press them into doing it. Expose your kids to things they are interested in. Eg. if the kids are interested in soccer and love to play having them talk to someone who will hype up the physics of soccer to make them want to read about science.

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