Hosting a Book Giveaway to Encourage Reading At Home

I don’t know about you, but my number one goal for my students is for my students to love reading as much as I do. Giving them time to read anything of choice in the classroom was made a priority this year, but making sure they continue that at home is a whole different challenge. So, to encourage my students to continue reading while at home while doing this distance learning thing, I’m hosting a book giveaway.

Here’s how it works. Each week, I’m sharing book suggestions with my classes through my parent communication tool. I’m using Class Dojo, but you could easily share through other communication apps, email, or digital meeting tools like Zoom or Google apps. I send a photo of the book I’m suggesting with a quick summary. I usually send two or three of these per week, to give some options, trying to vary my suggestions by what I know my students enjoy reading and to meet all of my students’ different interests.

What the students do in return, is send pictures of themselves reading (or their parents do) anything they have (magazines, recipes, books from home, ebooks, etc.) while at home. Each picture sent gets their name in the drawing. They can also send a new picture each day to get in the drawing multiple times for that week.

At the end of the week, I draw a name out of the jar and that student can choose one of the books that I’ve sent out as suggestions to receive as a reward. All I do is order it on Amazon for them and have it sent to their address. It’s easy, not that expensive at one book per week, and highly motivating! (Also, although I haven’t looked into this, I’m sure you could get donations to help with the cost of sending books to your students to make this even easier for you.)

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