Students will often say they don't like reading because they don't truly know what books are out there. One way to solve this is to SHOW them what books are out there with FIRST CHAPTER FRIDAY. You read the first chapter of a book, talk a little bit about it before/after reading, and the rest will fall into place.
I have created this handout to guide you and your students through First Chapter Friday.
I show the students the cover of the book and give them the summary. They tell me right then and there if they think they would read it. Next, I read the first chapter (or 5-7 pages depending on how much time I have) and the DRAW. When the draw, I always tell them that their drawings don't have to make sense to anyone but them. They can draw what's going on in the book, they can doodle, or whatever their heart desires - I just don't want their pencil to ever leave that paper.
Once I am done reading, they then will answer the questions on the bottom portion. We usually discuss what we liked and didn't like and go from there depending on time.