Abstract: National Association of Education Progress (NAEP) data labels 8 million students (grades 4 through 12) as struggling readers. In a recent study by Scholastic books, 71% of students between ages 7 and 11 were classified as reluctant readers - kids who can read, but don‘t. In the United States, one student drops out of high school every nine seconds. Are our kids failing, or are we failing to meet the needs of our kids? Either way, it‘s time we adopt Mississippi teacher Cindy Montgomery‘s teaching philosophy as stated on her resource site, The Virtual Vine. Montgomery says, ―If kids don‘t learn the way you teach, teach the way they learn.‖ In this chapter, we will examine materials and practices that encourage reading, demand critical thinking, and appeal to kids. Some of the recommendations are practices that worked for me during the latter part of my forty-two year teaching career, and some reflect the experiences of the real experts – teachers throughout the country who struggle day in and day out to help kids become the best that they can be.