This post, sponsored by Beanstack, from the American Libraries blog contains ideas to boost reading challenge participation with six research-based tips, which may be used in school and public libraries.
Get involved in the preparation of reading lists, whole-school reads, etc.
Set up reading displays (include teachers' favorites, your favorites, student recommendations)
Invite the Children's or YA librarian at your local public library to visit
Encourage students to get a library card
Set up online opportunities for book sharing
Remind students that your ebooks and audiobooks are always available
Maximize use of your library collection (long-term loans, liberal fine policies, etc.)
My library students will be creating their own "Celebrate Summer Reading" plan (see attached) and making a bookworm magnet out of a clothespin and pompom balls. The magnet will be used to hang their plan on their refrigerators at home. At the end of next week, our summer reading brochure will be sent home to families along with the reading plans and magnets. I'll be sending out an email with an embedded video introducing families to the program in the hopes of investing families in the importance of summer reading and ways to make it fun for their children (Wendy Gustavel, Rocky Hill)
Give out homework passes, bookmarks, pencils
Recognize readers during morning announcements
Have a challenge between classes or grade levels, with a party for the winner
Set a Reading Hours goals for the entire school and have an ice cream party when the goal is reached
Have a celebration with popsicles, games, and bubbles. The students will gather in mixed grade groups to share their favorite summer reading memory. (Wendy Gustavel, Rocky Hill)