If we expect our students to become lifelong readers, we need to model that in our own lives. There are so many different ways we can share our reading life with students. One-on-one conversations are always ideal, but it can be difficult to talk with each and every one of our students. Here are some additional ways you can share your reading life with your entire school community.
Some of these methods are more effective for sharing with students. Others work better for teachers and community members. Consider using a combination of different sharing methods so that you can reach more people. Also, don’t just share books you’ve read at your students’ grade level. Sharing the “grown-up” books you read is important too because students need to see that reading continues into adulthood (obviously, keep it school appropriate. Your students don’t need to know if you read Fifty Shades of Gray).
Display books you’ve read
This is one of my favorite methods of sharing my reading life with students. I print out the covers of books I’ve read using my color printer, cut them out, and tape them with double-sided tape to my office window. These change up periodically as I read new books. I also track the books on the state list I’m reading using those colorful bookmarks. I describe a similar process over on my previous post about creating an Instagram display.
Create an e-mail signature
If your students don’t have e-mail addresses, this one won’t reach them. But it’s a great method for sharing with your teachers and community members you contact. Just add a line to your e-mail signature like this:
Currently Reading: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Do you use a site like GoodReads or LibraryThing to track what you read? If not, I highly recommend it. It can be a great way to remember what you’ve read and make book recommendations. Full disclosure: I’ve neglected my GoodReads account in recent years, but it’s something I plan to get back into. If you track books on either of these sites, you can link to your account or create a widget of books you’ve read. Insert this into your library website and you’ll have an automatically updated display of books you’re reading.
What do you do to share your reading life with students?
Author: Diana Rendina
Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory, an independent 6-12 school. She was previously the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and learning space design and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace and is the author of Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.