Children who resist reading are not alone. There are many reasons kids avoid reading—for example, lack of sleep, lack of role models in the family, or physical disorders that make interpreting the written word difficult.

In a recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning (1/22/2017) actor Henry Winkler confessed that he was 31 when he read his first book. “It was horrible,” he said. “It was humiliating. It was scary. And I learned to memorize as much as I could from any page and then improvise.”

He added, “Just because reading, writing and math might be hard for you, has nothing to do with how brilliant you are. . . . I live by tenacity and gratitude. Tenacity gets you where you want to be, and gratitude allows you not to be angry or frustrated along the way.”

If you suspect that your child has trouble processing print–commonly referred to as dyslexia–seek advice from your child’s teacher or the school’s reading resource personnel. At home read and share books featuring children who approach similar classroom situations—often with humor.

By the way, a family doesn’t have to have a discouraged youngster to enjoy these books together.

Egg-Drop Blues by Jacqueline Turner Banks

Emma’s Magic Winter by Jean Little

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (known for his books Grades 5 and up)

He’s My Brother by Joe Lasker

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Just Juice by Karne Hesse and Robert Andrew Parker

Leo the Lage Bloomer by Robert Kraus and Jose Aruego

Niagara Falls, or Does It? (from the Hank Zipster series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver)

Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Or try wordless picture books. . . .

Visit these web sites for classics of this genre:


Image ©Susan Young Hoffman 2017