Encourage Reading Among Your Students

To inspire your students’ love of reading, we wanted to share a few ideas with you that we think will encourage your students to grab a book and delve right in to the story.

Let’s begin…

Funky Bookmarks

Bookmarks are super handy for students to recall where they were last reading from, so we’d suggest one for sure!

There is such a vast range out there to choose from! Of course though, an alternative could be for students to make their own – let’s get those creative juices flowing!

If your students would like to make their own bookmarks, we’d suggest taking a look at Pinterest for some inspiration. On there, you’ll find plenty of ideas, from cute woodland animal corner bookmarks to painted patterns, their imaginations are sure to run wild!

Reading challenge

Creating a challenge for your students is a great way to motivate students and get the whole class involved in some fun.

Why not create an awesome reading challenge for your students?

All you’ll need to do is create a list of categories for your students to follow. Here are a few examples for you:

A book…

  • you’d like to read
  • published this year
  • you chose because of the front cover
  • written by your favourite author
  • recommended by another student


Voilà! We hope your students have fun with your reading challenge!

Why not add a little excitement and set a deadline for your challenge, and see if your class can complete the list before then?

Reading Buddies

Students might find it comforting and helpful to be able to hold something cuddly or furry whilst they are reading to themselves, or even to the whole class.

To help develop their reading, keep a box of cuddly toys in your classroom for students to choose from when it’s reading time – the perfect way to help build confidence!

Book Club

Holding a small book club, where students can get together to discuss their recent read, is not only great to help them develop their communication skills, but also a good chance for them to meet other students who share their same passion for reading.

During the session, students could discuss a book/books they have read and express their opinions, likes, dislikes, etc.

You could even have your own class discussion after you’ve finished a book you and your students have been reading together as a class. This is a brilliant way to encourage whole class discussion.

We hoped you enjoyed a few of our ideas to encourage reading in the classroom. If you have any other suggestions, then please do get in touch with us at @EducationCity