Even though we have read to or with the boys most nights since they were born, Maxi has been a reluctant reader for as long as we can remember. However, Mini was a very early reader and has devoured books since he could read his first word.
It has been really hard to find books that engaged Maxi, he was always a competent reader, but just didn't want to read for fun. I have to admit that it baffled me. What was I doing differently with Mini and how could I apply it with Maxi?
Well for one thing we didn't stop reading, the one thing that we insisting on was that reading was part of family life whether that be him reading to us, one of us to the rest of the family or even Mini reading aloud to us all. We kept visiting the library and we kept buying books.
Then it happened. Over the summer holidays Maxi picked up a Tom Gates book by Liz Pichon and something just clicked. I walked into the sitting room to find him sat on the sofa giggling out loud whilst reading. Since then he has read every single Tom Gates book and moved on to other books. So what is it about these books? Well for starters they are not all words, they are filled with doodles, amazing illustrations and loads of funny, laugh out loud kids speak.