Working in a school library has brought its challenges, but the one challenge I have constantly come up against is students who claim that they hate reading.
I have students who’ll focus all their effort on reading graphic novels, which is okay… to an extent. Obviously I don’t argue with these kids, however, when the teacher insists their students checkout at least one novel, I try to put a little more effort into helping them to find something more substantial than Diary of a Wimpy Kid! This seems pretty simple, my library holds over 7,000 books. Most of which are fiction. So, needless to say, I am always in constant disbelief that they will say things like:
– “I only read books on cars.”
– “Books are boring.”
I would then feign shock and awe at the statement and I will repeatedly say: “You just haven’t found the right book.” Am I wrong? Being junior high students there obviously is A LOT more available than there was when they were in middle school or preschool. There’s more than Dystopian genres and Agatha Christie. The sad part is there’s nothing I can recommend if they aren’t willing to try. So what do I do?
Honestly, I think I just let the teacher deal with the super picky students, but last week was parent teacher interviews and that’s when parents find out that their child isn’t reading like they’d like them to. It’s another shock ‘n awe moment. The same student I would typically see wander through the stacks pretending to be interested is actually asking me for help. I can finally ask them about books they like to read about, what the topics are, where can I go from there.
This particular student was constantly browsing the ever intimidating “big” books. The regular YA stuff, the stuff that doesn’t always appeal to a kid who has no huge interest. But that’s the thing, some of them forget there’s always another option. I managed to direct this student to our Hi-Lo section (High Interest- Low Readability). This is’t assuming that this student couldn’t read bigger and better, but honestly I pointed out a brand new series I purchased: Port City High by Shannon Freeman. She couldn’t but the book down, she was actually excited!
I’m hoping that once we come back from our week long break, she’ll come withdraw the next book of the series 🙂 *fingers crossed*
So what do you think guys? Is there a book for anybody? Or are some people going to always continue to read their motorcycle magazines and graphic novels?