Here's a few of my tricks to get students excited about the Season of Reading!
I ordered several new books from Scholastic with our Winter Book Raffle in mind! Book raffles have been an easy way to keep my students engaged and excited about reading this year. My students love graphic novels so I added Roller Girl to our collection. I also picked up two of Lauren Tarshis' nonfiction novels and Navy Seal Dogs for my fact loving students!
As a team we celebrate the season of reading with a team wide book exchange! It's one of our fun traditions right before winter break. Students participate in a "white elephant" style book swap. We sit in several circles and read a short passage, helping us pass around our books. We allow books to be gently used as well as new. We also include puzzle books and brain teasers as well. I also buy extra books and wrap them for students who are unable to bring in a book or as back-ups for students that receive a book they may have already read. As a team, we want everyone to leave with a great new book!
Some students really get into the holiday seasons. I try and talk up my winter and "holiday" books. Often, students that need a new book are willing to try out a seasonal favorite! A few of my favorites are The Family Under the Bridge, The Last Holiday Concert, and Who is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas?
How do you encourage your students to cozy up with books over break?