I remember the exact day my daughter declared “reading is boring.” She was in first grade, I had just come home from work, exhausted and frustrated with the day I had. I walked into the living room and asked her if she’d started her homework yet.

“Reading is boring,” she said as if she were deliberately trying to break my heart. And she did.

“Reading is boring,” shout children in unison.

“Reading is useless,” yell children everywhere.

“Reading is stupid,” they cry, and parents are instantly overcome with anger and despair.