- Interest inventories- I pass these out to students at the beginning of the year and then again after Christmas. I ask them to jot down some of their hobbies, favorite sports and previously read books. This allows me to find out what interests them and then I always check out a stack of books for each child based on their inventory. Students are very possessive about the books I have given them and they always seem to enjoy them.
- Put a book in a child's hand- Last month I had a reader who would never complete any book. He wasn't motivated to read and spent so much time shopping in the classroom library.Then, I found a book that I thought he would adore (Chasing Lincoln's Killer) and said, "When I saw this book, I knew you would love it. I grabbed it for you because I knew all the other students would swipe it off the shelf before you could get to it." No kidding, he had read over half the book by lunch that day!
- Book Talks- I am in the process of doing one of these now. Recently, I attended a conference in which Steven Layne described how each teacher is some child's favorite. He told us about the power that teachers have on students choice in books. He suggested having teacher do book talks for the school in which they really pumped up a book. I am planning on doing a book talk with the book Mergers. I am going to put it in a small grill and wheel it into the classroom like Dr. Layne suggests. I am going to put a sign on the grill that says, Mrs. McCumbee's Sizzling Book Pick.
- Create a bulletin board display that has pictures of all the teachers on a grade level and then the cover of their favorite book. I also think this would be great school initiative! I would love to see outside each teacher's classroom a copy of their favorite book.
- Book Trailers- Have students create book trailers for their favorite books. Then they can show the trailers to their classmates.
- Bulletin Board Displays with book recommendation tags. Each time a student reads a really great book they could fill out a tag to add to the board.
- Introduce books that are powerful, but that they have not heard of before. For example, my kids are very familiar with the Battle of the Books list and will likely read these on their own.For my gifted readers, I like to find books that are outside of what their friends are reading to encourage more reading. Like This Side of Paradise.
I would love to hear about other ways you motivate readers.