When I was homeschooling my young children, I read all about reading. I read how some children don’t learn to read until age 8, 9, or 10 and that this is normal – just evidence of a child who is a “late developer” or one who isn’t ready for early formal education. I read a lot of articles comparing reading to walking. You know, parents don’t fret if their children learn to walk at 13 months vs. 11 months, children don’t fit a one-size-fits-all development pattern, “better late than early”, etc. All of that sounded pretty reasonable and gave me hope that my struggling reader would just wake up one day when he was “ready” and grab a novel off the shelf.