As I neared the completion of this book I asked some friends to read what I had written. Several made the same comment, saying something like, “This is all interesting, but one thing you haven’t said is that some kids are just destined not to be readers. And you don’t want those kids to feel bad, to feel like they are out of step with the family value of reading. So if you had a child like that, you’d back off, right?”

No, I wouldn’t.

Why might a child feel pressured about reading? An obvious answer is that reading does not come easily to him. He’d rather opt out, especially if he compares himself to siblings who seem to read effortlessly. But reading can still bring pleasure, even if it’s a little tougher to obtain. Every child ...

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