No, far more common is the conversion of an occasional reader into a book hater, a person who has had such an awful, traumatic experience reading a book that he never wants to read again.
So, my words to the wise are simple: choice. Let children read the books they want to read. Give them support when they take on difficult books. And if a book doesn’t work for a child, let them DNF it. Often. We grownup readers DNF all the time. Every book isn’t good for every person, even the most amazing of books.
Here are some acceptable reasons children (and grownups) can DNF books:
“I couldn’t get into this book.”
“This book is too long.”
“The vocabulary makes this book hard to read.”
“The characters are boring.”
“I don’t like the characters.”
“I’ve read a book like this before.”
“This book is too weird/scary/boring for me.”
“I don’t like to read books about X.”
“I only like to read books about X.”
Basically, any version of “I don’t want to read this book,” is good enough for this librarian.
How about you? What is your philosophy for your students and reading? What are your thoughts about this?