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Bec Kavanagh: Reaching Reluctant Readers

Session Info:

Reluctant readers are becoming a bigger issue in schools than ever before. Surprisingly, reluctance to read stems often not from a struggle with literacy, but with a lack of engagement and an inability to find books with high contemporary relevance.

In this session I discuss the different types of reluctant readers, the causes and the outcomes as well as ways to address the issue and to find and recommend different texts to suit different reading styles. I also offer suggestions for activities that staff can use to engage readers in the classroom or library.


  • Who are reluctant readers?
  • What is the difference between a reluctant reader and someone struggling with literacy?
  • What issues stem from a reluctance to read?
  • How can we use external interests as pathways into reading?
  • What alternatives are there to traditional texts and how can we use them to engage young readers?
  • What specific books/series are good for the different types of reluctant readers?
  • Why is genre a helpful tool in engaging reluctant readers?

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