My son Curly (8 years old ) is just beginning to figure out how to enjoy reading and how to find book he wants to read independently. He has always been a safe reader often reading books that he feels very confident reading. He has been very close to the Stink series this year. This spring we read Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and he was intrigued. He ended up finishing it on his own and loving it!
Now that summer has started, he is needed guidance and reminding to read. After suggesting a number of titles he snubbed at the library, I caught him reading Geronimo's Valentine before bed. (This was a book he received for Christmas from his Nana.) His "before bed reading" only lasts a few minutes because he is zonked from summer play. So today I told him to grab his book for the car. He was shocked when he realized how far he had read just in the car. I am hoping he will latch on to the car reading. I think the short rides give him short reading sprees that keep him hooked on reading.
After the ride today, I asked him if he likes mysteries since Ottoline and Geronimo are both mystery books. He gave a nod. I also thought about how both books have lots of pictures, maps, and labels throughout. I know Geronimo books and the next Ottoline will keep him occupied but of course we are always looking for other favorites. What is working for your readers?