This is a very serious question to me. I constantly see on the elem. forum about carpet time and kids loving story time. Teacher constantly on the look out for new books. Kids who actually borrow and read said books. They get to me in middle school and many of them *hate* reading. In conferences, I've asked the kids why they hate reading and writing so much... and many of them admit they hate it because they aren't good at it (and, it seems, don't want to take the time to become good at it... and often, unwilling to let me help them). So, I'm curious - from other teacher's perspectives: When do they start to hate it? Why?