If you have a struggling reader try the encouraging them with Amazon’s Kindle. Readers can listen to the audio (text to speech) while following the text. Twenty minutes a day really helps.
With the newer Kindles you can listen to the professionally narrated Audible audiobook simultaneously with real-time word highlighting. Immersion Reading is a revolutionary innovation that will support and delight children learning to read or anyone wanting to boost reading comprehension.
The downside is you have to purchase both the audio book and Kindle book but there is a discount. You can try out Whisperlink by getting a free classic and a 99 cent Audible book.
Immersion Reading is availble on the on the Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire 2nd Generation.
Here is a demo from an older Kindle without the immersion reading (without having to purchase the Audible book). You can still hear the audio but the voice is computerized. In this video you can hear both audios.
You can also adjust the speed at which the text is read (slow it down for struggling readers!), and choose either a male or female voice. You can listen to speech either with headphones or through the Kindle’s speaker.
Using Text to Speech on iPhone Kindle App
The Kindle also has a built-in dictionary. With the Kindle, students will be able to put the cursor on a word they do not know and the definition will pop up on the screen.
Recomendations For Reluctant Readers
Books for Boys
The Sam Cooper Adventure Series were specifically written to encourage boys to pick up a book instead of a video game controller. Author Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a reluctant reader and sensed the need for action-adventures for readers 8 and up, especially boys.
Books for Girls
Get all Anne Stories: 12 Books, 142 Short Stories, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, Chronicles of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery for .99 on Kindle