If you teach the Primary grade levels K-3 please, please, please start the year teaching students that they can read books by reading the pictures too. Kids are still learning how to read. According to the book Teaching With the Brain in Mind, children learn to read between the ages of 4-8, not all kids will/should be reading on grade level by 3rd grade. That’s unrealistic. However if you want to make sure to encourage all of your students to love reading make sure you are teaching them to read books with just pictures or minimal word books. That way they won’t be so discouraged or hesitant to learn how to read out of fear of failure.