How to Encourage Students to Read for Fun

Annittra Atler
2 min readMar 31, 2023

Encouraging students to read for fun can be challenging, especially when there are so many distractions competing for their attention. However, reading for pleasure can have many benefits, including improved vocabulary, better writing skills, increased empathy, and reduced stress. Here are some tips for helping students develop a love of reading:

  1. Let students choose their own books

Allowing students to choose their own books can increase their motivation to read. Offer a variety of genres and formats, such as graphic novels, magazines, and audiobooks, to cater to different interests and reading levels.

  1. Create a reading culture

Make reading a part of your classroom culture by setting aside time for independent reading or reading aloud. Model reading behavior by sharing your own favorite books and discussing them with students. Encourage students to share their own recommendations with each other.

  1. Make reading fun

Reading should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore. Incorporate fun activities, such as book clubs, reading challenges, and book-themed parties, to make reading more engaging and social.

  1. Use technology

Technology can be a powerful tool for promoting reading. Use online resources, such as e-books and audiobooks, to offer a wider range of reading options. Encourage students to use reading apps and websites, such as Goodreads, to track their reading progress and connect with other readers.

  1. Connect reading to real life

Help students see the relevance of reading by connecting it to their interests and experiences. Use books and articles to explore current events, social issues, and personal interests. Encourage students to read books that feature characters from diverse backgrounds and experiences to broaden their perspective and understanding.

  1. Reward reading

Incentives can be a powerful motivator for students to read. Offer rewards, such as stickers, bookmarks, or extra credit, for reaching reading milestones or completing reading challenges. Consider partnering with local businesses or organizations to offer larger prizes, such as gift cards or book donations.

Encouraging students to read for fun may take some effort, but it is worth it in the long run. Reading can help students develop a lifelong love of learning and improve their academic performance. By creating a positive reading environment and offering a range of reading options, you can help your students discover the joy of reading.

Originally published on Annittra Atler’s website.

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Annittra Atler

Annittra Atler is the Associate Superintendent of Special Education for the Albuquerque Public Schools.