Its important to remember “that reluctant readers may be aliterate, not illiterate. There is a big difference between approaching a teen who can read, but chooses not to and a teen who cannot read.”
The above quote was from Jessica Lind, a blogger from YALSA, who recently attended a reluctant reader presentation, featuring Patrick Jones, at the 2014 YA Literature Symposium. In her post about the event, she breaks down the event into some of the bigger themes:
- Why They Aren’t Reading
- Qualities of Books for Reluctant Readers
- Ease In-Library Access
- What Will Reluctant Readers Read?
- Things to Do to Reach Reluctant Readers of Tomorrow
The entire presentation can be found here.
You might remember that CMLE held a reluctant reader event in 2013 featuring Minnesota’s own Patrick Jones as well. Clearly this is an issue that we will continue to talk about.