A Note From Your Friends at Random House
RHI: Reaching Reluctant Readers
“Kids say that the #1 reason why they do not read moreis because they cannot ﬁnd books they like to read.”
Kids and Family Reading Report
(June 2006), Scholastic/Yankelovich
he quote above presents a deceptively simple observation of a trulycomplex challenge: understanding and countering students’ reluctanceto read. When students claim they cannot ﬁnd the right book to read,what factors determine whether any given book is “right”? Don’t tastesand suitability vary from student to student? Just how
adults help studentsﬁnd, and actually read, the “right” books?
With these questions in mind, we welcome you to
(forRandom House, Inc., naturally!), the premier issue of amagazine for educators. As the cover states, thisissue focuses on reaching reluctant readers.~More and newer forms of enter-tainment, media, and distractionsvie constantly for students’ time;ultimately their attention is divertedfrom reading. As
’s contributorsexplain, however, many of your students’extracurricular activities—reading comicbooks, listening to CDs, even playing video-games—need not be interests to be combated:they can instead become special opportunities,to be used as springboards to reading.Each section of
is introduced by adifferent member of our department—albeitvia a superhero alter ego! Even with all of our special powers (does speed-readingcount?), we cannot succeed in rescuing reluctant readers alone. Each section of this magazine therefore includes articles full of advice, instruction, experiences,and recommendations from leading authors, educators, librarians, editors, andother experts: professionals who either work with young people or produceliterature or other materials for them. Their advice and ideas will help youmake use of your students’ interests in various media to spark a lifelonginterest in reading. We hope that
offers some new and helpful information andideas. If you dog-ear this magazine, write in it, and use it as you seeﬁt, we will be gratiﬁed. This issue of
was meant for you, theeducator; it is our contribution to your efforts to reach your reluctant readersand to eliminate that “#1 reason,” that barrier to their reading success.
P.S. All of the Random House, Inc. books mentioned throughout
mayeasily be ordered via the order form found in the center of the magazine.