The first person to be a reading role model in your classroom has to be you, the teacher. Share honestly which books you put down (and why) and which ones you couldn’t. Open up about your frustrations and successes and students will follow. Students who were once demanded to read the “right” books and produce the “right” answers on quizzes will see their teacher humbled to the role of learner…yes, reading “easy” books and yes, sometimes putting boring books down…and yes, reading for the fun of it.
Model thinking aloud and expressing a personal connection with the character, or words or moments that stuck with you. Your candor will build trust and create a safe place to share excitement for books.