I have been reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate with my youngest. She loves it because some of the chapters are super short, not because of the story line. I love it for the story line. The way the author uses the gorilla’s perspective on life draws me in. I want to know more about what he feels, thinks, and does.
My youngest has never been a fan of reading. As a literacy coach, I just shake my head in disbelief. How can this child of mine not have inherited my love for books? She loves to be read to, but doesn’t want to put the time in to reading herself. Ugh. What is a mom to do? We have tried to find her books that she thinks are interesting, books that we can read together, books she can read to her cat, books that may be too easy, books that may challenge her, every genre we can find- and yet we still can not find “the” book that will get her hooked.
I am hoping that as we read more about Ivan, maybe he will convince her of the magic that can be on the next page. If you have suggestions for a third grade reluctant reader, please pass them along!