Learning to read. . . building and maintaining stamina. . . grappling with understanding the deep meaning of text. . . all of this would be too daunting and difficult for students, if we did not begin and end with teaching kids the sheer love of books and reading.
Book love creates both desire and motivation.
Talk about books.
Laugh and cry and exclaim with joy over books.
Show students all the amazing ways our lives are better because of books.
Book love – first, last, always.
Don’t try to teach reading without it!
For practical ideas about how to nurture book love for all students check out Simple Starts; Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom.