Writing stories can be a great way to help reluctant readers. Kids will be much more enthusiastic about reading a story if it’s about their favorite subject: themselves. And they can help write it–even better. Becky Spence, a homeschooler, blogs about the steps she uses to write a book with her son. She picks a basic sentence starter, like “I like to …” then asks him to pick what he likes to do. She takes pictures of him doing them, then let him choose the pictures he wants to use. With pictures on pages, they work together to write the text. Once done, she places the homemade book with her son’s other books set aside for independent reading.