This month on Literacy Toolbox, I will share ways parents and educators can motivate children to become readers and writers. This is especially necessary at the beginning of the school year when teachers are building their classroom communities.
Originally, I posted Motivating Readers and Writers back in May where I shared several books that could motivate children to want to read and write. Sometimes all it takes is one book to engage a child who may be reluctant to read. It’s now the beginning of the school year for many and the perfect time to entice a new reader. Here are a few books that explore reading as a topic.
In Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook Zack thinks 2nd grade is going to be just as boring as previous years. Then Miss Smith walks into class with her special storybook. Miss Smith has a way of making stories come alive. When the class becomes overrun with storybook characters, what will happen?
Book Fair Day is another great book that demonstrates the power of reading. In it, Dewey Booker, a real bookworm, is horrified to learn that his class will be the last to visit the Book Fair at school this year. Will any of the good books remain? Once he finally arrives, all of his classmates look to Dewey for recommendations. When he’s done he looks around to notice all the books are gone! What will he do?
Reading Makes You Feel Good inspires children to delight in the joyful, rewarding experience of reading.
Born to Read is an adorable book to read aloud to children. Sam is born to be a reader, this he knows. Sam reads everything and for every reason imaginable. What does Sam read? Why does Sam read?
For lessons related to these books, check out Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books.
Do you have innovative ways to motivate kids (specifically reluctant readers) to read? I would love to hear them!
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