She fluttered around my books, pausing now and then to flip through a bin. My suggestions were usually ignored. She always left with a book, then came back a day or two later having read only a couple of pages. Such a challenge.
We talked all year: likes/dislikes, stamina, ways to choose a book, how amazing a specific title was. She shied away from fiction and chapter books. Not quite ready. I tried to ensure that there was no pressure on my part. She always came back
I had a few successes. She loved and read all of the Weird But True Outrageous Facts books by National Geographic Kids. I ran to the book store to get the whole series. Anything Titanic-related (that was skinny). Nonfiction books that provided lots of support. A graphic novel here and there. At the end of the year, she started reading from the You Choose: An Interactive Survival Adventure series.
In the fall, she will be in fifth grade. I have one more year to find books that will capture her attention.