As a teacher, it breaks my heart when a child tells me they dislike reading. When I hear that I don't instantly think that their parents or teachers did a terrible job of helping instill that learning. It has to be a learned loved. My goal as a teacher is to help instill that love of learning in students. The only way to help with that is to give more options of books available to them to read and to make it part of my classroom requirement to read.
At my school we thankfully participate in the "Book It" program. "Book It" is sponsored by Pizza Hut and was designed to get students reading. For my class each child is to read 20 minutes a night (Monday-Friday) for the whole month of October. If they successfully complete that they then get a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut...what child doesn't love pizza? It's only been two days in, but all my students have read their 20 minutes at night (and they are actually enjoying it!)
I also have started requiring that my students take AR tests after they finish their book. I had so many students last year that would pick up a book one day, flip to the middle and start reading and then do the same thing to a different book the next day. By taking AR tests I know that they not only are reading the whole book, but that their reading comprehension is there also. Each 9 weeks (every quarter) my students goal is to get to 10 points. For this first quarter once they reach that goal they get a Minion reader (look below). How cute are they!? I want to make one for myself :)
Reading is such an important tool that helps students in every subject. If they can instill that love of reading, it will only enhance their love of learning.