I really connect with the story of Jason Reynolds who said he just couldn't identify with books like Moby Dick or by Shakespeare, so he didn't read. My mom held me out of elementary school for a few years and I read all about Will Bill Hickok and Daniel Boone, but once I was back in school I just couldn't get into Shakespeare and the classics. I thought I didn't like reading after all.
The Washington Post just did quite a story on Jason, who says the key is to write books about what kids experience in everyday life.
Anyone else have trouble getting into books as a kid?