"One of the major problems we have in the teaching of reading is the aliterate reader, a reader who can read but doesn't. Until students read on their own, books have not become a part of their lives and the function of reading has not been understood."
Graves gives some good ideas for the teacher to try. I want to know how to motivate today's kids outside of school. To choose reading over video games, iPads etc. Some of my kindergarteners tell me they don't read. I expect to fight with my thirteen year old son, but it is sad that 5 year olds already are choosing not to read.
"Everything we do when we write is an act of convention so that both you and the next person can understand what you mean."
My student had trouble reading back his writing the other day mainly because he didn't use spaces between words. I thought of this quote and told him that finger spaces aren't just for teachers, they are for him too. He was genuinely surprised by that. He even reminded another student about that when she forgot her spaces!!