I wanted to take a minute to share a great website with you if you have children. It’s called LoveReading4Kids.
I first came across it when I was helping a fellow parent who wanted to encourage her child to read. I suggested she look for Reluctant Reader books and she admitted she’d never heard of it as a category.
Reluctant Readers can be children who lack confidence, who aren’t interested in reading, or whose reading age is below their interest age. The fact that there are specialist publishers who focus on these areas (especially the latter aspect) is brilliant.
As it says on the LoveReading4Kids website, “When a reader is hooked on a story, his or her reading ability is proven to improve. He reads more fluently – because he wants to read on!”
The site goes on to say, “That’s why books for reluctant readers have to have fabulous stories. We’ve thought long and hard about the selection and we feel every one of the books selected provides a powerful and unputdownable story, even for the most reluctant reader.”
Their website is categorised into reading age and interest age, so it’s easier to find the right kind of book.
There is also a section on the site for readers with Dyslexia. The website explains,
“The term dyslexia literally means ‘difficulty with words’. In reality, it covers a whole spectrum of problems, not just with reading, writing and spelling, but also with comprehension, memory and organisational skills. With some 10% of people in the UK with dyslexia, here at lovereading we feel the time has come to provide some guidance on dyslexia-friendly books for children and teenagers alongside the leading publisher Barrington Stoke of dyslexia-friendly books and the charity Dyslexia Action.”
Dyslexia-friendly books concentrate on having the same layout and format, with cream pages and well-spaced, unjustified, paragraphs to make reading easier. It’s something I think all early readers would benefit from as I often notice my daughter losing her place easily on a close-written cluttered page.
As an aside, I read Mum Never Did Learn to Knock, by Cathy Hopkins last night in the library. It’s a short dyslexia-friendly book that is beautifully written, funny and perfect for anyone struggling with the loss of a loved-one.
I subscribe to the LoveReading4Kids newsletter, partly to keep on top of the market now I’m writing for children, and partly to find books my own children might be interested in. My daughter is a great but reluctant reader, which is partly why I started writing for children. I haven’t yet found the story she just couldn’t put down.
We have a great local library (a must for any parent!) but it’s small and the book selection is limited. It’s also not easy to tell at a glance what age a book is good for, as it’s divided into picture books, children’s fiction, and young adult. I’m learning there’s a huge difference between books for 8 year olds and books for ten year olds!
There are other great categories on the LoveReading4Kids website – books for boys, books for parents, must-read books, and If they like… They’ll love… Having given up on Amazon’s categories for children, which are hopeless, it’s great to have a whole website dedicated to books for children. It is a UK site, but I’m sure most books are worldwide published these days!
I should just point out, too, that I have nothing to do with the website, I merely think it’s a great resource for parents. And who knows, one day I might make it on there myself! Here’s hoping! :)