I've been thinking and thinking about how to fix this. I decided enthusiasm is what I'd try first. Sometimes I think getting kids to read is as much sales pitch as it is helping them develop reading skills.
Today when I met them outside after recess I said, "You're not going to believe what I have! When we go inside go quickly to your desks and I will tell you!"
I introduced them to Shel Silverstein this morning and at lunch I went over to our school library and got a bunch more poetry books. While I was there I noticed a full shelf of Babymouse books, so I decided to grab those too.
I told them how awesome Babymouse is. I clarified that it isn't just for girls (in case some were worried about the abundance of pink!) and we watched a book trailer:
Then we went crazy reading!!
DEAR time ended up being way too short!