Getting Children with Learning Differences to Love Books, a guest post by Alma Fullerton

When I go into schools and speak to children, the first thing I ask is, “Who here likes to read?”

Everyone puts up their hands.

Then I ask, “Who here is lying about liking to read?”

There are usually a lot of laughs and a lot of hands up. Once the laughter dies down, I go on to tell them how at their age I didn’t like to read either. In fact, depending on the age group I’m talking to, I couldn’t read at their age.

Like Claire in Flipping Forward Twisting Backward, I couldn’t read until grade four. Without singling me out my teacher, Mrs. Monds told the class about dyslexia and how some people have a hard time reading and writing because of it.