Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When Your Kid Rejects Your Favorite Kids' Books Part 2

Last week I asked for your suggestions on what to
do when your children reject your favorite books.
Many thanks to D. Marcotte who sent in a good one -
letting your children select and read the abridged
versions of classic stories.
Here a few of my thoughts:
1) Give them time. 
Every day brings a flood of posts
about other people's second graders reading Harry
Potter or Lord of the Rings. And some kids w autism
may do that. But most kids with or without autism
will not. That is OKAY. If you introduce a favorite
that is soundly rejected, wait a year or two and try again.
2) Be sneaky. 
My father had beloved books that he would offer with
a kind of righteous urgency usually reserved for green
vegetables at dinner (he hated vegetables so he had a
lot of urgency to spare). This meant I avoided Kim and
King of the Khyber Rifles for months - but when he stopped
talking about them and just left them in my way, I read and
loved them. Don't make a speech about the book, just 
hand it over when they're in the back seat of the car
or looking bored.
3) Be direct.
Get it out and start reading it at bedtime. Put the
audio version on at home or on the road. If they
hate it, go back to number one.
4) Watch the video.
If you want to share the story, but the book presents
a barrier, there's probably a movie or tv version 
somewhere. Find it and share that way.

Now I know there are more and better suggestions
out there. Make them! Make them here!


  1. I've resorted to allowing my G to have a giant pile of books around his bed. I regularly sneak the books I want him to read into the pile...and occasionally they get read!
    Nice site, btw - great idea!

  2. Wow - I got mentioned in a post - I am so excited. Thanks! I do have one more suggestion - comic books and graphic novels - I am a comic book collector and while my girls never really got interested in them other kids might find them fun. I know there are graphic novel versions of some classic stories. However parents should read them first - don't assume that because it is a comic it is appropriate for children - there are some that get pretty graphic.

  3. Excellent ideas and thanks for commenting! I love the pile idea and you're right D, some kids really get into comics and while my boy has not, there are some variants of the graphic novel he's really enjoyed. I've written a few posts on the topic. Plenty of childhood favorites that have become graphic novels, like Brian Jacques' Redwall and The Boxcar Children, here's a post with more