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Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

I belonged to the childrens

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I belonged to the childrens "Book of the Month Club" as a little girl Grateful to my Dad for signing me up. I couldn't wait to get that next new book, open the box, smell the pages and dig into reading. Most of the books were the classics, and I loved them. From Black Beauty to Bambi, I read them all. Funny, but as an older middle schooler, I'd sneak my Dad's monthly selections such as Rosemary's Baby and Mephisto's Waltz off to bed to read when all were asleep. He caught me reading Valley of the Dolls one day and that put an end to that. Never the less, I have great ,memories of sharing the love of reading with my own son's and won't ever forget it. They've grown into quite literate lovers of reading, and I'm grateful that the time I out in, paid off! Wish that were true for all parents, but teachers can do SO much to instill the love the reading in their students, too. Bravo, Elena!

Community Manager at Edutopia

Sometimes it takes just one

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Sometimes it takes just one book to turn a kid into a reader.

For me, it was Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time." I idly picked it up at the school library, and it blow me away. I didn't know books could be like that, and the book transformed me into a voracious reader overnight.

Middle School Library Media Tech

Hmm, I wonder if your school

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Hmm, I wonder if your school library staff might be able to help with any of this? Or does your school not have a staffed library? Very sad, but increasingly common. Teachers at my middle school look to me, the library media tech, to promote reading with book talks, book trailers, student reviews, displays, etc. Our library is truly the heart of the school when it comes to reading promotion!

To answer your question in point #2 (library staff love to answer questions, too!) Biblionasium is a kid-friendly site similar to Goodreads. https://www.biblionasium.com/

Fourth Grade Teacher in Jacksonville, NC

Love for Reading

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Growing up, I loved to read, and I used every spare minute to read! I still read often, and every year, I try to think of ways to exude my love for reading, and encourage my students to read more. The strategies shared by you and the others are incredible! I have used a few of these reading tips, but others such as hosting a Read-a-Thon or having students form book clubs, sound like great ways to spark an interest for reading in students. I saw a post from Sarah, about using book trailers! That sounds like such a great idea. We have a daily news show, and I can see us using that as a platform to have students share their favorite books and stories. In the past, I have allowed students to blog with me about a book that we have read together. This is very similar to meeting in a reading group or book club and it integrated technology. I hope to use more of these strategies in the future!

US Hindi Foundation organizes interactive and exciting summer camps for kid

Nice suggestions

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Nice suggestions Elena.
Reading is necessary for children to learn new things and as we know most of the children just hate it and get bored of it after some time. So, we should try to adapt new ideas for making it interesting for children.
These ideas will help me a lot for my summer camps for kids.
Thanks for sharing these ideas.

Great article. Give children

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Great article. Give children a reason to read and to write; have a pen pal, put together anything that has instructions, follow baseball stats or any other sport, write a short story-writing improves reading.
Provide as many opportunities in the real world to read and to write.

Former middle and high school English teacher.

I blog about Resistant

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I blog about Resistant Readers and how I cultivate a love of reading in zortizfuentes.wordpress.com

Sixth grade teacher from Toronto, Canada.

Good point there. The goal is

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Good point there. The goal is to create readers for life. Adults don't read because they are told so, they chose books, talk about them, recommend them and put down the ones they don't like.
Thank you, Zep!

Mirela

Education Specialist

Rule 1: Never force any kid

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Rule 1: Never force any kid to engage in Reading. Surest way to kill any potential love of reading, good intentions aside..
Rule 2: Never a test nor a grade for Reading. Follow this and some of your kids might read for enjoyment, some for learning, and sadly some b/c despite our good measures someone in the family might still push Reading.

Librarian in a K - 6 school

Great ideas in your list to

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Great ideas in your list to engage students with reading. As educators, we all need to excite our students with reading and teach literacy skills. I also think school libraries, especially when properly staffed with trained teacher librarians and library technicians are a key factor in providing a wide variety of reading materials for our students - picture books, fiction, non-fiction, magazines and graphic novels. We also need to promtoe ereading on devices, audio books as well as databases like Tumblebooks. Another book that people should read is The Power of Reading by Stephen Krashen - excellent book about FVR - Free Voluntary Reading.

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