If I am being really honest, sometimes my reading life is like a sleeping lion. I can fall asleep and not read for days (even weeks). Life passes me by without a thought about all the books that I am missing.
Then, something wakes up the reading beast in me. I feel hungry and can't wait to get another book in my hands. I pour over the pile of books waiting for me to pick the best one. I spot the prey and spring into action.
I'm an adult, so I know how to jump in and out of a voracious reading life. My job is to help my students jump in. How am I helping them awaken their inner reader? I am awakening readers by listening to what they say when we have reading conversations. I listen to the truths they share.
Sometimes I have to do the hunting for them and present them with several books to sink their teeth into. Other times I only need to give them a little nudge in the right direction.