The Random Reader

Reading is not Random! Oh, wait. I guess it can be.


I created this blog for parents of reluctant readers to be the kind of resource that I would have enjoyed when I was struggling with my reluctant reader. In fact, my son did not read until he was in the 3rd grade. If you are here, you must have a similar story.

I had my son tested when he was six and this well-respected doctorate of education in psychology told me he might never read proficiently and is probably learning disabled.

Fortunately, I was not about to accept this diagnoses. I knew that there must be a way to create a desire for reading within anyone.  With my mission before me, I began to research. Armed only with a degree in urban planning and some postgraduate work in software engineering, I felt woefully unprepared to take on education.

His struggle became my all-consuming task for years.  Over time, I learned a great deal and it changed my life because I am currently completing a graduate degree in library science so that I might help other students become avid readers. To make my story short, my son is now in high school and is an avid and gifted reader. His struggle became his strength because his reading, comprehension, and vocabulary are on a graduate-school level.

The goal of this blog is to compile resources from journals and other blogs that target reluctant readers to provide a single resource to support parents. I hope this will be a place of suggestions, positive support and a format to share concerns with other parents. This type of resources would have saved me many hours of anguish and I hope it will be a place of strength and encouragement.

However, I need to make it perfectly clear this blog is for reluctant young adult readers and not young adults that need reading coaches to support ESE or Special needs students.

Student interest in reading drops off when students reach middle and high school. See Patrick Higgin’s post called “Not the drop-off!” on his Chalkdust101 Blog for more on this. In working with reluctant readers, I like to keep in mind that there are many options and “tomorrow is another day”.

I hope you will register and join us. We are here for you. We would like to post surveys and anonymously share those results in order to help all of you find the answers you seek.


  1. Comment by wes on September 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Lea, thanks for posting your note about the Blog. I enjoyed the quick visit

    - ww

  2. Comment by Tara on September 26, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Good reminder to stick with the kid what ever the professional says.

  3. Comment by north face osito jacket on November 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Greetings! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks a ton!

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  5. Comment by admin on November 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Yes – we need to keep trying :)

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