I love watching my 6 yr old read to his younger brother, they create wonderful memories together too!
I teach 9th graders. Many of them comment that they hate reading. Reason number one???? It is boring! I tell them that they just haven't found the right books yet. I try convey that there are SO many books that something is bound to be interesting. They just need to find it. I also encourage them to read ANYTHING! Read a motorcycle magazine, read the comics, read Glamour, read anything, read to your yournger brother. I think sometimes they feel they need to be reading a "deep" novel to count as reading. I also try to compare it to playing a sport, video game or musical instrument. It gets easier the more you practice. Once you get better you may be able to find something "more interesting" to read.
Sometimes I struggle with what we require students read because of the educational value of the book (but the student is bored by the book) and just having the student read what they find interesting because reading is important. Just FYI i teach Biology so I'm not really sure how the reading assignments are decided at our school.
I'm in the process of compiling a list of books involving science to recommend to the students for the next year.
I'm not sure this really addressed the post but just wanted to throw it out there.
Thanks for your comments! I taught HS English for a number of years. Many of my students were poor readers and so reading was an arduous process. Today's youth just don't get a lot of reading time when they're young so the whole process of decoding and comprehension is so difficult that they give up by the time they're in HS. It's quite a problem for these kids because it affects their entire education! I commend you for trying to encourage reading as a Biology teacher. It takes all of us to teach them the skills they need!
I think with 3 of my kids (who learned to read really late--age 10 or older) the main thing that kept them going was first, reading aloud fun books and laughing about them together. I read aloud to them classic or Newberry Award winners until they were 14 or 15. And secondly, letting them pick out their own books. Most of the time cheap series are what initially attracted them to reading. Mary Kate and Ashley books, The Magic Tree House, Encyclopedia Brown. Now my late readers are voracious readers including my 19 year old college student who has a fantasy book going all the time on top of homework.