My 6-year-old started this school year not reading. He was not interested, and did not want to practice or anything of the sort.
Over the past few months, though, something clicked. He (with the help of his teachers) figured it out. A few weeks ago, I had him read me Pete the Cat and he did pretty well.
Then, as often happens, as you figure out that reading is fun, you want to do more of it. He was looking at the Who Is George Lucas? biography the other day (a kid-focused bio series) and he asked something about it. I said he could probably read it. He told me he could not read it, and I said he was wrong. So he picked it up, and was able to tell me a few things about George Lucas shortly afterward.
Then he began begging to read Captain Underpants. I had heard of this series as being particularly good for little boys who may or may not be confident readers. So I ordered a copy. He counted the days until it arrived. I brought it with me when I picked him up from science club yesterday. He began reading it aloud in the car…
…and kept going. He read the whole thing, all 120 pages, last night and this morning. All out loud (the silent reading thing may be asking too much for a kindergartner). So all of us were treated to the tales of Captain Underpants, but I have to say, hurrah for Captain Underpants. I now have an eager reader on my hands.
What books got your kids really into reading?