As a teacher, you already understand the importance of reading. However, there may be quite a few students in your class who just do not show very much interest in reading at all. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to encourage students to read more often.
1. Offer a Wide Selection of Books
Different students like to read different things. Consider offering a mix of fiction and non-fiction books in your classroom for students to check out. For example, some students might be interested in reading the newest young adult novels (if age-appropriate), while others might like reading historical fiction. Some students might be interested in reading non-fiction books on topics that they are interested in, such as pets, travel, fashion, or cooking. By offering a wide selection of different types of books, you can help ensure that there is something on hand that each student will like to read.
2. Make Suggestions Based On What's Being Learned in Class
Another idea that might help is to make suggestions to students based on what is being learned in class. If your class is learning about World War II, for example, you can suggest World War II fiction novels and non-fiction books. Some students might like to do some further non-fiction reading so that they can learn even more about the material that is being taught in class, and some might like to read fiction books that are tied to the material.
3. Offer Reading Time
Some of your students might have a lot of things that they have to do when they get home, such as doing homework for all of their classes, babysitting their siblings, doing chores, and going to sports practice. This means that even if they want to read, they might not have much time to do so. If possible, you can set aside a part of the day for your students to focus on reading. You might find that more students will be interested in reading than you think if they have ample time for doing so.
As you can see, there are a few different steps that you can take to encourage your students to read. If you follow these three tips, you might find that some of the non-readers in your classroom will actually begin picking up a book to read. Choose books from respected authors like Frances Patton Statham that your students will enjoy reading.