Getting Students to Read for Pleasure
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How do we reach those students who aren't already avid readers? I'm a new-ish secondary school librarian who is now fairly adept at the admin. side of the job but have been so busy cleaning up a badly outdated secondary library I have done little to no outreach beyond 1:1 book recommendations in the library. I am looking for ideas for competitions, book talks (when you haven't read the hundreds of new books that come in every year), etc. Reading saved me as we moved from one place to the next when I was a kid, and I want to offer that gift to my students; it's so, so important. Any great ideas gratefully received and shared here. Note: I am in an international school in Central Asia and am restricted to one book order per year, with no way to get books in any other time/way, so advance planning for Battle of the Books, etc. is essential. Thank you!
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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.

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BJ Neary's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:18 PM

A great article, let kids read what they want and it will benefit them throughout their lives.

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How to buy books for young adults | Kill Your Darlings Journal

How to buy books for young adults | Kill Your Darlings Journal | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it

"‘Excuse me, where are the boys’ books? I’m looking to buy for a 16-year-old.’

I overheard this question while browsing in a bookshop recently. I felt insta-rage, and wanted to explode into a rant about gender-specific books and how there’s no such thing as “girl” books and “boy” books because books don’t have sex organs, for cryin’ out loud! But I reined in my uproar, and seeing as I was browsing in the same section, I offered to help this woman who was looking to buy a young adult book for her grandson."


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, September 2, 2014 8:44 AM

Great tips from Danielle Binks on shopping for a book to give to a teenager.

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How to get Children Reading for Pleasure

How to get Children Reading for Pleasure | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it

"This UKEdChat session explored how teachers encourage children to read for pleasure, looking at strategies that work in all educational settings."


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The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson

The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it

"I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read.  This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom.  However, I have also encountered the opposite problem -- the boys that burn through books...

This is my go-to list of long books for voracious readers who happen to be boys…"


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Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks

Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it

"Here are some tips for making the most of your booktalks. These tips will work with students at any grade level."

 

Great way to promote reading!


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BJ Neary's comment, October 8, 2012 7:27 PM
Loved this, thanks!
Heather Stapleton's comment, October 8, 2012 8:22 PM
Same - thanks for the comment. :)
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Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers

Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it

"A book review blog with a literacy lean. Contemporary young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, literary fiction--there's something here for everyone!"


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:21 PM

Great posts on promoting reading, literacy, book reviews, readers advisory and more!

Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, January 18, 2014 12:41 AM

I love reading yet I have grandchildren who don't enjoy it. And I know there are children and adults everywhere like that. So this blog might be of help. Also those wishing to improve their English and looking for books that will reward their effort.

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Top 10 Ways to Get a Middle School Student to Want to Read by Meredith Daniels

Top 10 Ways to Get a Middle School Student to Want to Read by Meredith Daniels | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it

"Middle school students are known for being picky.  Along with being picky, this age group very rarely wants to read 'assigned books'. Here are the Top 10 ways to get your middle school students to read"


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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Let's get to challenging our boys (and girls) to read!

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How do we get more boys reading? (Clue: 'boy books' aren't the answer.)

How do we get more boys reading? (Clue: 'boy books' aren't the answer.) | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it

"The Let Books Be Books campaign has attracted much media coverage and high profile support, but labelling books ‘for boys’ is sometimes defended as a useful tool for getting boys to read. Tricia Lowther argues that gendering reading doesn’t help literacy, and may even be harming boys’ chances."


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5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book | Getting Students to Read for Pleasure | Scoop.it
Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.

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