Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
I have dyslexia and didn’t learn to read until I failed 4day grade. As an author, my goal is to involve children who think they don’t like reading.
As a child in the 1960s, dyslexia did not attract anyone’s attention, so when I was struggling at school, I was just labeled as slow. When my father left, it didn’t help. Then I was not only slow, but also “the product of a broken family.”
When i was 4day When I scored the second time, I realized that I should help myself. I was tired of books that should suit my reading level and decided to try a different method. I went to the local library and took out the largest and thickest book they let a 9-year-old non-reading child borrow.That happens to be Orphan in the fog Charles DickensI updated it over and over again for a whole year, and when I finished it, the book had fallen apart, but the librarian smiled and said that she would fix it.
That book taught me how to read places that simple people can never read. It also showed me why people read on purpose. Not because it is a school subject; it is for the free movies that come to your mind.
So when a simple book cannot be used, why is that book useful to me? On the one hand, it has a good story, which is a story I can understand. Oliver lives on the street without parental care. He must solve all problems by himself. Although these words were difficult, I persisted because I needed to know what would happen next.
For me, being forced to read clumsy books makes me hate reading. Dealing with a harder book is like climbing a mountain-it’s a challenge, but it’s worth it in the end.
Now, I would not recommend you to have a child Orphan in the fog. But what about a book that goes higher instead of lower? A fascinating book, but also tells the reader’s deepest concern?
One of the reasons I write about children who are caught in challenges is because I think all children today are caught in their own personal warfare, which helps them to read other children in the same situation. It can help them put their situation in context and make them feel that they are not alone.
If the first two paragraphs didn’t catch me, I would put a book aside. I think children should be allowed to do the same thing. The taste of books is very personal, but everyone is only one book away from becoming an avid reader. The key is to find the first exciting book.
With this in mind, here are nine of my favorites:
Books for children who think they don’t like reading
Deborah HopkinsonA new collection of true stories, We can’t forget, Is 350 pages, but if I were a kid now, this would be my first choice.One of the reasons I chose Orphan in the fog Because it looks impressive, I like to take it with me. The same is true for this book. But this book is also easy to read, because you can learn as many real Holocaust survival and resistance stories as you need. There are a lot of photos everywhere, and the larger prints make it very attractive.
Some unwilling readers may find a heavy book intimidating. For those who like to read with a small mouth, Lauren Tashis And her series I survived The novel is perfect. Her books can be in your back pocket, but these stories make you feel like a child when disaster strikes. For the people around, children who make quick decisions often mean the difference between life and death. These books are exciting and direct, almost like playing RPG.Her latest is I survived Hurricane Galveston in 1900The series can be used as a chapter book or as a graphic novel. I know the children have eaten up all of this.
I like to explore neglected pieces of history, that’s why I write Build a bomb for Hitler And my other books about Ukrainians in World War II, but I also like to read books on these topics. A new book published this fall is in my alley: Rebels in Auschwitz: the true story of resistance heroes who fought against the Nazis from inside the camp By Jack FairweatherThe book is full of maps and photos, and the text is direct and fascinating. It tells the story of the Polish underground agent Witold Pilecki, who risked his life to expose the Nazis’ plan to exterminate European Jews.
No one is more likely to fall into traumatic times than children Alan Gratz. His most recent novel, Zero ground, Weave the stories of the two children together during 9/11-Brandon, he was in the World Trade Elevator because it was attacked in a terrorist attack, and now Reshmina is in Afghanistan. His words are intense and direct, his tone is cautious and tense, he never bows his head to the reader.
Children living in poverty or in dysfunctional families are experiencing their own personal trauma. Here are some fascinating contemporary stories.
ghost By Jason Reynolds It tells a working-class boy who learned to run when his father chased him and his mother with a gun. This book is completely accessible, and it is not belittled. There are many levels in the characters and stories that can illustrate our assumptions about privilege, whether it is race or economy. Although this book is about running in name, this is not your usual sports book. This book has strong emotions, but the text is concise, which is especially suitable for older and reluctant readers. Some languages may be too harsh for young readers.
Kwame Alexander cross The story is about twin brothers Josh and Jordan Bell. Their extraordinary basketball talents form the core of the story. There is anxiety, conflict and romance, but what really makes this novel unique is that it is written in verses and jumps out of the pages of the book. It will attract basketball enthusiasts, they will appreciate the various layered references, but it will also surprise readers to enjoy the poetry.
A novel and memoir that made me burst into tears is King of Jam Sandwiches By Eric Walters, About Robbie, a boy whose mother died when he was four years old. His father is still in the picture nominally, but he is so negligent and annoying that Robbie has been raising himself to a large extent. This novel is mainly based on the author’s own poor childhood, and it will speak to any child who is showing up in school and trying to pretend that everything is normal at home.
Nadine in Tenderloin Joe Carpignano It’s another novel that surprised me. Nadine is a gifted student who lives in the shabby spine of San Francisco with her alcoholic mother and her younger siblings. Nadine is basically responsible for managing the family, and her arduous challenge is about to swallow her whole person. This novel reads like a memoir, but the author is a social worker who sympathizes with children in trouble.
My final recommendation is Birds By Valerie Sherard, About Corbin, a 8day A leveler who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. His father is not around, and his mother has bipolar disorder. He has never stayed in any home or school long enough to take root or develop friendships. When a classmate had to send her parakeet, Corbin offered to accept it, thinking that owning a talking bird was the closest thing he had to a pet or friend. Heartbreaking and warm. Sherrard portrays real characters in this novel. highly recommended!
About Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Martha Forchuk Skripucci Is a Ukrainian-Canadian author who is widely acclaimed for his non-fiction and historical fiction, including Build a bomb for Hitler, War below, Stolen child, with Don’t tell the enemy. Martha lives in Brantford, Ontario, you can visit her online www.calla.com. Follow her Facebook, Twitter, with Instagram.