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.

How To:

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 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).