Reading slumps are totally real. I’ve experienced it firsthand; I do really well for a period of time, consuming book after book. I bring stacks home from school and devour them while watching tv with my kids. Then, on the flipside, life gets too busy sometimes and I can’t even imagine having the time to read. When I get in those “reading slumps” it’s hard for me to start back up again.
I’m a well-educated woman whose career is centered around literacy. If I find it hard to get myself out of a reading slump, I can’t imagine what it must feel like for some students.
Some students have been in a reading slump their whole lives, never finding a book that excited them and gets them hooked; my heart breaks for those kids. They haven’t experienced what it’s like in the Hogwarts world, walked through the wardrobe into Narnia, or nervously followed along on three refugees harrowing journeys.
I’m not overly worried about those kids like me, where life has just gotten too busy. I’m confident they’ll find their way back to books when life eases up for them. I’m more worried about the kids I described above, the ones that haven’t connected with a book yet. Those are the ones we can’t give up on. We need to keep exposing them to different books and sharing our excitement with them. I’m hopeful that one day, they’ll hear about the one book that excites them and eventually, pulls them out of their reading slump.
I’ve put together this infographic with a few strategies that you could use to help get some of your students (or even you!) out of their reading slump! Click on the image to download your own FREE copy!