Kid-to-Kid: Keep Believing You Can Read!

by On April 21, 2014 in Childrens Books, Reading

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There are so many books I want to read!

There are so many books I want to read!
Photos: Diana Dull Akers

Parent’s note: In past blogs, I’ve described our 6-year old daughter Hope as a child?who “loves books but struggles mightily with reading.” We continue to work in partnership with her teacher and school reading specialists, using library books and Bookboard as engaging resources.

Hope still gets frustrated with reading, but she is more determined than ever to read books on her own. She was happy to share with other kids some of her reading challenges and victories: ?


Q:? So Hope, what are some challenges you’ve had with reading?

H:? Trying to read the word “cloudy” in a chapter book I was reading at school was hard.? I needed Mrs. O’s help. And it’s too hard for me to read longer chapter books I really want to read, like Wrinkle in Time or Titanic.?There’s a harder chapter book on Bookboard I wish I could read myself called?Flight From Bear Canyon. That’s my favorite story on Bookboard.

Q: What do you think could help other kids who are struggling with reading?

Sometimes reading is serious work...

Sometimes reading is kind of hard for kids.

H:? Practicing a lot! Especially with people who work with you on reading, like Mrs. L,?Mrs. O and Mrs. G (teacher, aide,?resource specialist). Oh, and my parents!

Q: ?Thanks, Hope! So how are these people helping you with reading?

H:? Well, one time I said to Mrs. G., “I’m not good at reading and writing” and she corrected me by adding one word! She said, “Think ‘I’m not good at reading and writing YET.’”

Q:? How did that make you feel?

H: Grrreat!? I knew she was going to be a great teacher. She’s helping me with my site words, too. When I get five tally marks on a word, I “graduate the word” – it means I can read it easily!

I've been working hard on my site words.

I’ve been working hard on my site words.

Q: ?If a kid said, “I don’t like to read, it’s too hard” what would you say?

H:? I would say right back, “That’s not always going to be true. Just keep believing you can read! I mean, if it’s hard to read in kindergarten, that’s normal. But now that I’m in first grade, I’m more confident in myself. Maybe you just have to get a little older.

Q: But is there advice you would give kids no matter how old they are?

Reading is also fun!

I’m getting better! Reading is fun and awesome!

A: Sure! Ask your teacher or anybody to help. And try and read most days of the week. Well, maybe not on the weekends cause it’s your relaxing time.

Q:? What if it’s relaxing and fun to read on weekends, too?

A:? Oh, then do it! Cause reading is awesome!


Diana is a sociologist, freelance writer and mom, though rarely in that order. Her writing spans topics from parenting joys and challenges to prevention education. She writes a monthly parenting blog for Yahoo and has published feature articles on adoption, family rituals and the childcare industry for parenting publications. Diana earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. These days find her hanging with her husband and book-loving six year old in the San Francisco Bay Area, while happily blogging and serving as a reading advocate for Bookboard.

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