Kindergarten Parenting

My Child Doesn’t Like Reading Storybooks…And It’s Okay (Plus a Few Finds from Booksale!)

I was raised a reader. I probably spent the most part of my childhood and early teenage years curled up in bed or in the couch, reading a book. I also don’t believe in keeping books looking pristine and like brand new. You would know which of my books were my favorite: they look tattered and full of dog-eared pages. I tried to stop this habit in high school because a lot of my friends were very careful in handling their books. But it wasn’t me. I preferred (and still prefer) having books that look like they were read.

So when I had Yuri, you bet all I wanted was to raise him to be a reader, just like me. When he was a baby, I bought more books than toys and made sure he was surrounded by them all the time. I gave books as presents. I even wrote about his books constantly in my old blog (this was how his library looked like 4 years ago – the collection’s grown a lot bigger now). We read all the time and I religiously read him bedtime stories.

Until he lost interest in the classic story books I bought. He refused to be read books and only wanted to play.

I wasn’t really devastated — I just accepted that maybe he just wasn’t into books as much as I am. When he finally learned how to read when he was 4 years old (thanks, Eye Level!), I thought it would spark his interest again. Well, he liked reading alright… only he preferred to read road signs, car models, and things written on walls. Books not so much. Our books remained unopened and I didn’t buy any new story books for quite a long time.

Instead, I bought him maze books and activity books, which he devoured! I just thought I shouldn’t push it because he might see reading as a chore. So I let him be.

On his fifth birthday last year, his Tita Hazel (aka his Tita Girlfriend lol) gifted him with a thick science book. It was a great addition to Yuri’s ~untouched~ library. I left it in the bedroom with full intention of transferring it to the bookshelves, but life happened, and I completely forgot about it.

It wads ~thicc~

One day, Yuri discovered the book by himself…and by 11 pm, I had to force the book away from him because he didn’t want to stop reading!

Sorry for the mess. I was folding the laundry during this time 😛

And then it occurred to me: it’s not that he didn’t like reading books — he just didn’t like reading story books!

It was a total duh moment for me. I then showered him (only metaphorically) with books about dinosaurs, outer space, cars, machines, planes. I learned that he doesn’t necessarily have to read award-winning, highly acclaimed children’s books; he just has to read!

After that revelation (at least to me), I try to take Yuri to the bookstore as often as possible. I try to buy brand new books only during occasions, so on regular days, our go-to place is Booksale!

Here’s our latest Booksale loot:

I forgot how much each cost, but it totalled to less than P500

What about you? What did you discover about your child’s reading habits?

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  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin February 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I am thankful that all my three boys love reading books. They already make it a habit to read anything before hitting the sack. Even my two young boys show signs they love books. And that makes me happy.

  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty February 10, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    It’s the same with my son. He prefers info books about dinosaurs and the solar system versus story books. Totally fine with me too!

  • Reply RJ Dancel February 10, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    My son is 2.5 y/o now and he really has a short attention span when it comes to books (though he has a library of books here at home). He veers toward books on space, transportation, animals and more. He actually loves the Magic School Bus books I found (books I grew up with as a child) 🙂 Hopefully, in a few years, my son takes after my love for books!!

  • Reply May Palacpac February 10, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    So much like my boys! They devour Science books and Fact books a lot. Only my youngest loves story books and I think it’s only because his story books are the easier for him to read. He just learned how to read recently.

    I also don’t believe in keeping books pristine. I put all the boys’ books on their shelves and let them sort them out all they want. I learned that somewhere. Let them play with them or do whatever they want with them, is what the guy said. Eventually, they will read them. 🙂
    And it happened…in their time!

  • Reply Tipid Mommy February 11, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Zee cannot read yet, but he loves “story time” we also love booksale andaming best deal palagi ano 🙂

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy February 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    My kids are beginner readers and they love reading road signs and things they see on the road. They still ask me to read the books for them so maybe they still haven’t found their books of interest. 😛 I do love Book Sale! Most of the books in our shelf came from there! 😀

  • Reply Mommy Rockin' In Style February 12, 2018 at 9:11 am

    My son loves his PopUp Peekaboo we bought from Booksale when he was 8 months old. But as he grows, he loves tearing the pages one by one lols. We also have other books untouched. He just turned 3 last month and I noticed that he is more on physical activities such as running, bowling, watering the plants and playing mud lols.

  • Reply tweenselmom February 12, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    It’s usual for kids to have different preferences. Like my eldest, she loves reading books and novels while my youngest only likes picture books. I think my youngest kasi is more visual while ate naman likes to imagine a lot.

  • Reply EINz February 13, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Most boys gets bored on story books… we also love buying from booksale and we spent atleast an hour trying to figure out what’s best to get. You see, we have to carefully check the pages lalo na if second hand.

  • Reply Angelyn Demo February 13, 2018 at 8:13 am

    My youngest son has a short span of time reading the books, though my hubby has a lot of books. Maybe I can bring him in a booksale just like what you did, so he can choose the book that he wants to read.

  • Reply Ramona Jessica February 13, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    My son loves reading books I hope na kalakihan nya yun, since mahilig din ako sa books and I agree sa book sale. Grabe! Dyan ako naghahanap ng novels na nababasa ko since highschool. Great finds din yan syempre! kesa gumastos ka ng 600 for a book sa bookstore diba? go for much cheaper. Plus the smell of old books are the best thing ever!

  • Reply Mommy Peachy February 16, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    My eldest loves reading anything under the sun. I have yet to discover what my youngest likes.

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