The social aspect of reading is one of my favorite things about being a teacher and a reader. So, I was glad when I was assigned this week’s section of our Reading in the Wild Book Study: Wild Readers Share Books and Other Reading with Other Readers. This book shares some very realistic ways to have students share their reading with others.
The picture below is from my second year teaching and was inspired by the amazing Beth Newingham. This chapter speaks heavily to the students (and the teacher) recommending books to one another. One way to do this is have a recommendation board for the students to record and read recommendations.
In the book, Donalyn Miller discusses having Book Commercials as a regular part of your reading workshop. The best part is how EASY these are to manage! Miller suggests simply having the students write the title and the author on the markerboard. Then have the students sit in a designated spot to share the book with the class. When the student finishes the book commercial, they write the book title and the author on an index card and add it to the existing cards displayed in the room. I plan to use the above image as the sign for my book commercial area. Click here to grab the sign.
For more about book commercials , click here. I have this site bookmarked for next year. It will be a huge help in implementing book commercials!
Here are some more ways to have students share their reading with others. These ways will really inspire your students to share their reading and create a strong community of readers who regularly share.
- Create a Reading Graffiti board to have the students write their favorite quotes from books.
- Create Reading Door Displays.
- Create an online community that shares and reviews books they have read and enjoyed.
- Be well knowledgeable about children’s’ books and what might interest your students so you can recommend books to your students.
- Be mindful that you are also challenging your proficient, “epicenter” readers and taking them to new heights in their reading.
I’d love to hear from you about how you have your students share their reading and books they love, either by linking up or by posting in the comments below!