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I am working as assistant librarian in a CBSE school and taking 1-6 classes on library. During the period of my class I have to develop their reading skills. What can I do to inspire them to read books. Do you have some creative and different points which I can do?

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You can can use story telling technique, where you can take some interesting stories for students and telling them with imagination showing actions and reactions depending upon the story. 

First you can tell the stories, then you can involve students turn by turn to tell stories, giving some characters of the story.

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you should plan some activities for students in which they work and develops interest towards the books

cover page drawing, alternate ending,title ,cover page comic strips and many more.

search as activities on internet.

please display their work in creative manner in your library that is a great motivation for others.

lot of method to increase reading habits among students. first of all plan of quiz competitions. audio visual aids etc.

People read books for two reasons- 1. if something interests them (here students) or, 2. if there is need to study (for various reasons). Since you are, mam, a teacher there, you can use both the tricks.

You can find the interests of your students and encourage them to study books or you can generate a situations that would inspire or cause them to study. For example, you may provide them with a topic to answer in descriptive way (essay type). And at the same time you also direct or train them to seek information from various resources of the library.

This is just an illustration, the ideas could be more. I hope it would be useful to you.


I have some google ideas-

Invite a local author to class- A great way to promote a love of a reading is to invite an author to your classroom to discuss their book. This may be just the thing to inspire your students to read or even be an author themselves someday.

Teach students reading strategies- Many students don’t like to read because it’s hard for them. Teach children reading strategies (i.e. repeated reading) to help them feel confident and read fluently.

Set up a book club. Book clubs and reading groups are a great way for students to socialize and share their thoughts. This interaction makes reading so much more enjoyable, and it enhances their comprehension skills.

Let students choose their own books-Studies have shown that when students choose their own books it will boost their reading ability. Make sure you have an abundance of different genres and themes in your library  from which students may choose.

Use technology to create an e-book. Children love technology., and there is nothing is better than using these tools to get students to love reading. Download an app like Book Creator or ebook Magic and have students create their own books.. Kids will love sharing their books with their peers and they can even submit their stories to iBooks.

Allow students to dislike books. Think of it like Facebook—students can give a “thumbs up” if they like it, or a “thumbs down” if they don’t. This will also help you choose future class novels as well.

Helps students see the importance of reading. Sometimes just knowing the facts can encourage someone to see their world differently. For example, knowing that maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help us live a longer life can motivate us to make better life choices. Laying out the benefits of reading may be the best way to enhance appreciation and encourage them to pick up a book on their own.

Take a field trip. This is another way to make reading social and exciting. Visit your local library, a university library or a bookstore. It's not about checking out or buying books -- it's about being surrounded by thousands of books, touching their gorgeous pages, seeing the world of possibility in print, salivating over what there is to know and explore. In my family, we often take weekend trips to explore different bookstores in the area. We make it an adventure and talk about what constitutes a "good bookstore;" it's just fun. This is another event that parents can organize and administrators can support or encourage.

Listen to audio books. Invite students to listen to them; play short passages. To me, audio books "count" as reading. While you're not developing decoding or fluency skills, you are acquiring vocabulary, applying comprehension strategies, and enjoying stories or accruing information. Some of the audio books I've listened to have stuck with me in ways that reading text hasn't. My mind was free to visualize the scenes in a way that creating lasting images. (One such book like this was Native Son by Richard Wright. A phenomenal listen).

Thanks & regards,


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The easiest way is to read out stories of interest.

Leave them UNFINISHED in crucial sections. Children will naturally ask "Maam, what happened next"? then tell them to read it by themselves!!

Absolutly right Siddhartha Shankar Ray Sir


Today's students are very modern and smart, especially school students. So, traditional tricks are may not work properly in your case. Firstly, communicate with them. Know their likes, dislikes what they need, what they want. Redecorate your library. Increase your display items, increase use of technologies, increase audio-video materials, arrange various programs like quiz, small video shows/ lectures. Introduce them to some question-answering sites like Quora. Lastly aware them what you can do for them, be a guide.

Dear Janab Wasim Rahman,

Thanks for your comments. But may I request you to please go through the heading and the post by Ms. Mehra.

She wants suggestions to inspire students TO READ BOOKS!! and never-the-less, the STUDENTS are in the level OF CLASS ONE to CLASS SIX only!! 

As I suppose, assessing the likes & dislikes of students of Elementary & Primary levels needs assessors' aptitude and insight more than the students' preference. I am telling you from my experience. There was a NARROW GAUGE Railway line from BURDWAN to a place called KATWA in West Bengal. There still exist a small station named SRIPAT-SRIKHANDA. Near the railway station was a primary school with two teachers one used to look after a small collection of books in addition to take classes. He was not a Professional Librarian  and the time period was mid-70's and I too was a school student. The gentleman often used to read out stories and often used to keep them unfinished at crucial stages and when students used to urge him to tell more, he used to suggest them reading by themselves. Well, there was no TVs even in those days. However, a couple of years ago I witnessed the same TRICKS being practiced in an elementary school in New Jersey. USA and the lady was a veteran Librarian who worked in Public Libraries in very senior position. I was so moved by these two identical attitudes of two different individuals of two different countries in two entirely different time span. I narrated my experience to that lady and she told me that Children are same, their mindset and imaginations are almost same irrespective of geographical distance. If you want them to adopt the habit of reading, inspire to dream and imagine from their very early years of life, you have to make them stay off from the gazettes. Make them learn how to physically and mentally TOIL for the things they want to know. This simple exercise will lead & inspire them to leaf through the pages of books.  I was so moved by her words that I have tried to inculcate READING HABITS among my clients by introducing hard copy materials first and I have observed that those who really READS Printed materials often less use CUT-COPY-PASTE techniques.

I apologize  if I have hurt the consensus of any individual but amidst the havoc influence of electronic itineraries,our children are often loosing interest for reading.

[when I am writing this reply, I am seeing through my coloured glass cabinet that while most of the users are busy with laptops & I-Pods, a few of them are taking notes from piles of books and reports in rapt attention! did they have any body like the New Jersey lady or the armature Librarian in an obscure village of rural west Bengal? I  don't know!!]


Siddhartha S. Ray, Calcutta

Dear Siddhartha sir

Don't get me wrong. I know Mehra mam asked for 1-6 standard students. My opinion is to use the imagination power for them and forwarding them towards print materials by taking help of those e-tricks. I have seen some of my neighbors child, how much they are e-friendly rather than print. They don't want to read book, but they were easy in front of mobile and computer for hours. I have given opinion based on those examples. and what you have observed through your coloured glass, even in our library (NITR) more than 99% of the students came with their laptops.


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