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#1 of 7 Old 09-24-2006, 12:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone have any suggestions for easy beginning books to read that are interesting for a 10 year old boy? Ds has major learning disabilities, but we are continuing to try. But all the early reading programs are geared to 4-5 year olds, and he finds it humiliating and condescending. I read to him a couple hours a night, from Harry Potter and adult science fiction through college textbooks, and it would really be a step backward (in his eyes) to regress to Dr. Seuss. When I tutored adult literacy many years ago, we had novels written with limited vocabulary and simpler sentence structure, but I don't know how to find such things now. Any clues?

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What about comic books? They are intended for older kids but have pictures which would help him puzzle out some of the words.

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Do you watch television at all? Maybe he'd be interested in shows that he likes with closed captioning?

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What about comic books? They are intended for older kids but have pictures which would help him puzzle out some of the words.
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Does anyone have any suggestions for easy beginning books to read that are interesting for a 10 year old boy?
Calvin and Hobbes came to mind immediately for a start! Many boys that age have unconsciously pushed themselves in order to read these for the sheer pleasure.

And you'd probably have better luck with non-fiction books rather than fiction for your purposes - they can be very good even if not read smoothly or completely accurately. Check out Vicki Cobb's books for that age group:
Vicki Cobb - Kid's Fun Page. You can click on titles and look inside them on this site. I'd bet he'd enjoy her Bet You Can book, for instance - you can see a page from it on this page.

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If you google "high interest low vocabulary" you'll find the sorts of book series you mentioned before. Here is a nice collection of links for them, too.

Although I think comics are a great idea, too!

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Thank you all so much. Email notification didn't work with this for some reason, and I hadn't checked back in a couple days. Great suggestions! Off to go shopping; at least window shopping, or the online equivalent.

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