Anyway, here's what the non-readers seem to be consistently suggesting to me: they have this idea that to read a book, you have to READ THE BOOK:
The concept of chunking it up in page sections or chapters is a revelation. Ten pages! I say.
TEN PAGES! 😱
OK, five! Or just fifteen minutes a day, then start adding more time, more pages.
The other thing is, that some of them don't seem to HAVE any deep interests or leisure activities. One boy told me in all sincerity that all he does...
Drowning woman grabs the lifeboat.
What on the news is interesting to you?
OK! Something to work with! Do you mean contemporary war, or historical wars, like WWI?
So I grabbed @sallymurphy's 1915, from the @ScholasticAUS "Australia's Great War" series, got him to read the back cover copy, and reader,
HE BORROWED IT.
She'd chosen @TheCharliHoward's "Misfit"
(I started him off with The Hobbit.)
Miss! I'm 5 chapters into the book! I did what you said, & then I just KEPT READING! I am so proud of myself!
That's fantastic. I'm proud of you too, Cat Girl, I said.