Motivating Readers Without All The Gimmicks and Junk

Updated: Oct 24, 2019


Everyone has to read…everyday…until death do us part! Right? Right! It’s a life skill.

So, we need to find a way to motivate those young readers to build a lifelong endurance and enthusiasm for reading. And, YEP, I’m gonna say it…

  • AR ain’t gonna do it

  • Pizza coupons ain’t gonna do it

  • Bookmarks and candy in March ain’t gonna do it

  • Dressing up like Dr. Seuss ain’t gonna do it

  • Getting students to parade around all day with their favorite book ain’t gonna do it

So, you want to know how to motivate

those young readers

to build a lifelong

endurance and enthusiasm for reading?

“Of course I do”, you say. “But how?”

Okay, so I shared earlier this week the books that I WANT to add to my personal professional bookshelf.

I want to share another book that was recently included in my professional research collection. As I was cleaning up my desk and school bag after the last day of school, I came across a book that I bought a couple months ago but never read. It’s short, so I read it in an afternoon.

When I first saw this book on Amazon, the cover image and title spoke to me and touched that deep opinion and passion that I have always had about reading—the toys, the trinkets, the candy, the pizza. All of those bribes for reading have always offended me as a literacy teacher. Sorry if I’ve offended any of you by saying that, but please hear me out.

I want students to read because they want to read for their unique self-selected purposes.

I don’t want students reading for junk.