Idea 2: Book Stations
I like to set up stations to provide students a variety of avenues into different titles. You can be creative with your stations, but include related books at each station. Some that have worked for me:
Idea 3: Read & Loved
This idea is courtesy of Leslie, a librarian colleague. It is quick to put together and easy to implement when students are just popping into the library to browse and checkout. Set up two tables: one with a sign that says "Books I've Read & Loved" filled with just that -- books you personally, as the librarian, have read and think are amazing; and the other with a sign that says "Books You Think I Should Read" -- students fill this table with recommendations. Kids can browse these tables and choose books from either one!
Idea 5: Share Your Fav!
Students come in to the library and are tasked with finding a book they really enjoyed reading but that perhaps not everyone else has read. Students take 5 minutes to brainstorm a quick "elevator speech" or summary tweet about the book. They then circulate, sharing books with 5 different classmates.
Idea 6: Hooking them In
At the beginning of the year, pull books relevant to course content in History, for example. Spread the titles out on tables with sticky notes on each book indicating unit (Roaring Twenties, World War II, etc.). Book selection should include wide range of choices -- historical fiction, non-fiction, and biographies. History students are then tasked with browsing and checking out a book or two that interest them, the idea being to peak their interest for the content-specific learning in the year ahead. This activity would work with other subject areas as well (Science, Music, or World Languages to name a few), helping teachers and students focus on literacy across the curriculum.
How do you engage your students in reading and connect them with books? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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