I was recently substituting in a 6th grade language arts class and this quote was on the door.
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book yet.”
This is so true for all readers. Trudging through a book takes all the pleasure out of reading and discourages you, especially if reading is a struggle in the first place. Finding that book that transports you to a different realm is magical. Just like finding the shoe that fits, so it is finding the right author or book. I sometimes pick books based on the title or the jacket description. Once I start reading the book, I get a feel for the author’s style of writing. If the story doesn’t hook me in the first couple chapters, I put it aside and find another book to read. Life is too short to spend time on something I don’t enjoy. In the end, isn’t that the reason for pleasure reading.
In order to grow a reader, allow them to explore the many genres and writers out there. Don’t get discouraged if they have a hard time finding a book they love. Keep offering a different selection. Share information from books that you enjoy. Check to see if the library has a monthly email newsletter announcing the new releases. Talk to friends and see what their children are enjoying. Read together! Help your children to enjoy this journey and they will never be bored or lonely.