But as I continue chocolate dreaming, I should also get to business. So . . . books should be yummy to kids, maybe not the way their favorite food is yummy to them but yummy in that kids should devour books the way they devour their favorite food. And because I think that, I can't explain how my heart plummets to my toes when I hear a kid say, "I don't like to read."
My usual response when a kid says that is, "Why?" Asked in a kind way, of course. And more often than not, the kids don't really know why; they just know they don't like reading. We're all familiar with the term reluctant reader, I think. Teachers are always on the hunt for books their reluctant readers will enjoy. I met with a group of fourth grade reluctant readers for World Book Night. Parents get frustrated if their kids are reluctant readers. Goodness, my HUSBAND is a reluctant reader!
So, my question today is this: Is there a way to make reading yummy to reluctant readers? Can a reluctant reader become someone who devours books, or once you're a reluctant reader are you always a reluctant reader? I have views but would love to hear yours.