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.
So…here it is…From the Not This But That series by Nell R. Duke and Ellin Oliver Keene:
No More Reading for Junk: Best Practices for Motivating Readers by Barbara A. Marinak and Linda B. Gambrall
When I opened the front cover and began reading the first chapter, angels began singing. Okay, maybe that didn’t really happen, but it should have!!
The authors wrote about tried and true ways to motivate students to choose reading for their own authentic purposes. I know they are tried and true strategies because I’ve implemented many of the strategies discussed in the book. And yes…I had students who read for unique and self-selected purposes.
So, you should check out this quick read to gather ideas and strategies for motivating readers.
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