Or it might be that you speak more than one language and English is not the one you’re best at, so reading English books is hard. Perhaps in your best language the alphabet is different, or the words go up and down, instead of along in a horizontal line, like this. Perhaps books in your best language open from what other people think of as the back, and upside down. Difficult, isn’t it?
I know loads of kids who have difficulties like that. I work in a primary school, helping new and reluctant readers to enjoy books, and I’ve done it for years. I volunteer with a charity called ARCh (it stands for Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire), which sends reading helpers into lots of local schools. There are organisations like that all over the country. You might have seen them in your own school. You might even have your own reading helper. If so, I hope you have fun together. Reading should be fun.
As volunteers, we meet children who have all sorts of different reasons for needing help. Some of them are especially good at other things instead of reading but most of them just find it hard. Some of them have only just come to live in this country and they struggle to speak English, let alone read English books. But we also work with children who live in houses where no-one likes reading and there are no books. And that’s no fun.
So here are some questions. Do you struggle with books and are people bored with listening to you? Or do you perhaps know somebody who doesn’t like reading, like your little sister or your big brother or your best friend? Do you think you would like acting in stories about funny animals who make silly noises? If the answer is yes to any of those, try reading Bubble and Squeak together and share the fun.