Coordinate a school-wide book swap where students and teachers share their favorite books with a note describing the significance each book holds for them.
A personal book recommendation means a lot! Start a campaign where one or a few books, recommended by students and staff, are highlighted at a time. Use social media and school announcements to feature the books, and coordinate with the local or school library to offer digital copies, extra copies, or a wait list.
Students with similar interests or book choices can form small reading groups or book clubs.
Tips & Suggestions:
- This project could also be an in-person event where everyone trades books or randomly draws a book to try.
- According to a study in 2012, in certain cases lacking access to books has a larger detrimental impact on reading test scores than poverty (Krashen, Lee & McQuillan, 2012).
- When students passionately and extensively the achievement gap between white students and students of color diminishes significantly (Swan, Coddington & Guthrie, 2010).
- In all age groups, avid readers perform better academically than students who rarely read (Cullinan, 2000).