My 11 year old son has always struggled with language. Reading (and learning to read) has been pure torture for all of us, but finally, FINALLY he is reading FOR FUN. Within the last few weeks I've seen him voluntarily spend an hour or more each day reading....as in he's not watching movies or playing outside....he's READING. It makes me want to cry (no exaggeration). As ecstatic as I am we have two small problems.
First, the book series he's reading and that created this love of reading, is twaddle. The kind that makes you want to poke your eyes out and might actually destroy brain cells. My husband keeps shushing me away and saying, "But he's READING!!!!"
Second, he doesn't read at a level that most 11 year old boys read so many of the books I want to suggest, that I know he'll love, he just can't read on his own yet. He can't read Narnia, Tolkien is a pipe-dream. Redwall is not going to happen. He can handle Nate the Great or Encyclopedia Brown....and the dreaded Warriors series.
Do any of you have suggestions for an older boy who doesn't read very well yet? He hates having to read "baby" books, but his reading skills have not caught up with his imagination. We do read living books (literature, for fun types) to him during the day and at bedtime, and during his "reading practice" with me we read an "older boy" type book. I'm looking for things he can read on his own, that will continue this newfound love of reading.
Thanks! I told my husband I may never be able to show my face on the forum after admitting that my son reads twaddle.