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Motivating Readers: More Books About Reading

August 26, 2010

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.

Last week, I posted Motivating Readers, Again: Books About Reading where I shared several books that could motivate children to want to read.  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.  After a jaunt to the bookstore the other day, here are two more books that explore reading as a topic.

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates is about a dog who loves books so much he decides to open his own bookstore.  After a few false starts, he finally receives a customer who wants a book.  And Dog, being an avid reader, knows just what to recommend.  This is a short book that demonstrates fairly simply how a reader can lose himself in a book.  A good, quick read to motivate a reader in your life.

In Calvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie by Jennifer Berne, Calvin is a starling who is different from his three brothers, four sisters, and sixty-seven thousand four hundred thirty-two cousins.  Instead of learning to fly like the rest of his family, Calvin prefers to bury himself in books.  So, when the family flies south and encounters a storm, will Calvin come to the rescue with knowledge he’s learned from reading?

Do you have innovative ways to motivate kids (specifically reluctant readers) to read?  I would love to hear them!

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