This year was my first year running a true Reading Workshop. I'd done some of the aspects of Reading Workshop in the past, but never the true experience before this year. I'm obsessed with books, I've always loved to read and I love sharing books with my students, but I know that students value their peers suggestions more than mine at the start of the year (until they realize I actually know what I am talking about.) Because of this I created a Book Recommendation Wall in my classroom.
It is very simple-the students just jot down the title of a book and the author as well as their name on a post-it. They then hang it onto the wall. It is near part of our classroom library, so when students are looking for books they check out the recommendations of their classmates. I enjoyed watching students look at the wall, and then go talk to a peer about their recommendation. Sometimes they were asking for more information about the book, other times they were asking where the book was in our library.
What I will do differently:
Next year I want to give the kids time to talk about the book they are recommending in our share time at the end of Reading Workshop. I found that it was always the same few students adding to the wall-I think if I give them a chance to do a quick class-share the day they put it on the wall it will encourage more kids to add their recommendations too.
What do you do to encourage reading in your classroom? How do your kids share book recommendations with each other?