When my girls were small, reading to them was simple. They sat quietly and listened.
When the boys came along, reading became much more of a challenge. The boys would climb all over me, pull at the books and try my patience to the max.
Over the years, it’s become a joy to read with my boys. I’ll share my best tips for reading with boys, and how to encourage a love of reading in your boys, too.
Tips for Reading with Boys
Embrace Boy Humor
My boys will tolerate stories about princesses and fairies, but only for a short period of time.
They’d rather be laughing. They love books with slapstick or potty humor, and it’s something I’ve learned to embrace as a mother.
What kind of books crack my boys up? Here are the stories that bring out the giggles in my house.
1. Frog and Toad Collection
I don’t find the stories THAT funny, but my boys laugh and laugh at the story ‘Kites’. For some reason, Frog and Toad’s antics crack my guys up.
2. Chicken Cheeks
What’s a book without potty humor? In this hysterical tale, your kids will learn all about different vocabulary terms for their derrieres. It’s guaranteed to make you giggle.
Now that I have boys, it makes me laugh even more. I can understand David’s antics.
4. Pirates Don’t Change Diapers
One evening while Brett was in charge of storytime, I heard chuckles and then guffaws coming from the boys room. I stood outside and listened to Brett read Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.
He used pirate voices like a pro, and my children ate it up.
Utilize Audio Books
I’ll be talking more about how we use audio books later in this series. They’ve been an amazing resource for my children.
By listening to audio books in the car, at dinner or even at bedtime, we expose our boys to stories while they’re a captive audience.
Don’t Overlook Technology
We’ve utilized e-readers like Kindles, the Kindle app on my iPad, and the Nook. The boys also love watching Online Storytime on Barnes & Noble – they have some of our favorite books, read by the author or fun celebrities.
Make Reading Active
It took a long time for me to get over the idea that the boys weren’t hard wired to sit completely still while listening to me read.
Have Male Reading Role Models
I’m blessed that my husband loves to read, and he loves to read to our children. Over the years, he’s picked up much of the slack of nightly storytimes. The boys love it, and it offers them some one on one time with their dad.
Consider Non-Fiction Books
Do you have tips for reading with boys? Don’t forget to share them in the comments.
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