How to Get Reluctant Readers to Love Reading

One of the most frustrating things for a parent or teacher is to see their intelligent child or student spend more time doing everything but reading. They prefer texting their friends or playing Play Station or XBox than reading. You know that if they could just start reading more, not only would their grades improve but so would their future. This is especially true with boys who seem to want to everything else but crack open a book. As an author, I’ve found oftentimes, even those that say they hate reading, actually don’t hate reading. In truth, they spend hours every day doing exactly that: reading but they’re doing it by reading Facebook messages, updates on Instagram and dialogue from their Play Station 4 games. I have a hunch that if you were to add up how many words they’ve read each day, it would be equivalent to about a novel. The key, I’ve found is to find books that actually interest them. That’s why I was motivated to re-edit my original novel, Forever My Lady for reluctant readers and turn it into the No Matter What series. Thousands of teens, especially Hispanic teens told me it was the first book they’d ever read and certainly the first they actually liked. Some had read the book over and over again and it broke my heart. Although, I was honored and flattered they’d read my story again and again, the real reason I believe was that there was nothing else for them to read. First, find books that they actually like reading. Often, you can begin by looking at what TV shows they like and seeing if there are similar books or even adaptations of their favorite shows or movies. Meanwhile, I’ll be writing more books.