What is a “real book?”- Helping teachers reach reluctant readers. 

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What is a “real book” Is it the book that is interesting enough that a modern 8 year old chooses to sit and read instead of playing Switch?  If a book is able to hook the most reluctant reader is that a real book?  Teachers please consider this as we head back to school.  There will be readers in your class that do not have good experiences with reading.  Selections they have been given in the past were found boring.  

Reading is an important skill for children to develop.  Intrinsic motivation is powerful. If a 3rd grade boy does not want to read Sarah Plain and Tall but has an interest in one of the many novels about the worlds of Minecraft then this is his gateway.  Not everyone will enter the world of loving books the same way.  I entered with The Hardy Boys.  In the 1960’s The Hardy Boys were considered “bad books”. Librarians refused to stock them.  They were considered junk.  When you have to increase reading comprehension among all of your students especially those that do not practice as much, it is a good idea to provide them with materials they will want to read.  

Many teachers don’t know that you can find chapter books based on 

Pokemon

5 Nights at Freddy’s

Minecraft and more

Once kids read they can do anything, to get them to put down the Video Games teachers need to embrace that not everyone is going to like the same books.  A variety of different types of books including those based on pop culture/media characters is an important step to developing readers.  

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