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Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

Tip #75: Want to Win on Jeopardy?

Kitty Felde

Divergent readers

Want to be a millionaire? The amazing James Holzhauer has racked up more cash more quickly than anybody in the history of the TV show "Jeopardy." His secret: non-fiction kids books.

Holzhauer told "Publishers Weekly" that he'd order stacks of books on all sorts of topics from public libraries in the cities where he lived: Seattle, San Diego, Naperville, Illinois, and Las Vegas. "All had excellent library resources," he said. 

His favorites? Zachary Hamby’s books on mythology, and the Classics Illustrated series of literary adaptations. 

It makes sense: non-fiction for young readers - everything from picture books to biographies to science - are well-written, with lots of infographics and illustrations. Information is often broken down into bite sized morsels. And they're fun to read!

So watch an episode or two of "Jeopardy" with your young reader. They may do better in certain categories than you! (Holzhauer says kids non-fiction didn't help much with popular culture questions.) Take notes of the categories that frustrate them and take them to the library to check out books on those topics. You can even create your own "Jeopardy"-style quiz. Here's afree version online.

The pitch to your reluctant reader: you, too, can be a "Jeopardy" millionaire!