One child I work with is going into 3rd grade. She has already failed once and would have probably failed this year had she not already failed a grade. I have worked for a year to get her excited about even opening a book.
Today at the library she looked through many books and wrote them down as having read them. She has already read the 20 required to finish the summer reading program. I read them with her, to her or had her read them to me. When she was telling me "Look how many I have read." Someone else said, "Yes, and I saw how you were reading them, too." Where does reading start? It is certainly not by leaving the book on the shelf. I went over some of the books she had read. Some of the books she did not understand and possibly had not read or not understood. Instead of telling her I was not sure she had read them, I told her I wanted to see if she understood what she had read. I was pleased at how much she had understood. Turning the pages and looking at the pictures and words you can read is certainly to be praised in my opinion.