Got Reluctant Readers?

If you are a parent of a reluctant reader, summer can be a very challenging time.  While you have visions of your son or daughter continuing the progress made during the school year, your child probably has other plans.  What’s a parent to do?  Here are some quick tips on how to make the next visit to your favorite KDL branch enjoyable for everyone:

  • If you are a parent of a reluctant reader, have your child go to the reference desk and discuss what he or she likes rather than having you do the talking.  Your child may already feel self-conscious about being in the library and you talking may already make him or her even more uncomfortable.
  • The reluctant reader must be able to make a direct connection with something valued in everyday life.  Have your child ask for a book related to favorite sports, hobbies or interests to find engaging reading materials.
  • You or the library reference staff may suggest several books and your child may not seem interested in any of the choices. Give your child some space and let him or her make the decision in his or her own time.


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Heather is a Youth Paraprofessional at the Krause Memorial Branch. She is currently reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. When she’s not reading, dancing with toddlers or wishing for a teacup pig, Heather loves to cook, camp, and ride her bike.

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