Reading should be fun! Many students get so wrapped up in reading for school
that they forget to take time to read just because they enjoy it. Clubs
can designate a month to promote reading for fun to the students in their
schools. Suggested Supplies
Bookmarks, promotional posters, goal sheets, T-shirts (for Members),
banner to present to school library for participation in the program
JOI Reading Month Timeline
After your JOI Club picks a good month to promote reading, here’s
a timeline to follow to make sure your Reading Month is a real page
Get the Go-ahead – The JOI Adviser should discuss the program with
school administrators and talk with teachers to make sure they know their
Develop Awards – Consider an award for the grade level that reads
the most and/or an award for the class in each grade level that reads the
most. Look at your Club’s budget and see what you can give as
an award! Remember that even a small budget can go a long way when you combine
it with some friendly competition between classes.
Do the Prep Work – Go over the supplies you will need for the program
and make sure you have all of the materials. Create presentations to make
to classrooms. Reading is fun – your presentation should be fun, too!
Members can brainstorm a list of interesting “must-reads”
to help students who don’t read much. What will be on your recommended
One Month Before
Promote! promote! Promote! – Members of should begin advertising
Reading Month in school announcements. Make posters to hang in classrooms.
Members of should visit every homeroom or first-hour class and promote
The Survey Says … – Conduct
a simple survey of students to find out how much they normally read and
what kinds of books they read. For example: “Outside of classroom
work, how many books have you read in the last 30 days?” What other
good, easy questions should you ask? See what Members want to find
out about classmates’ reading habits.
One Week Before
Make Some Goals – Look over the student survey and see what kinds
of goals the school can strive for during Reading Month. Establish
a goal that is challenging but reachable.
News Flash – Contact the local media
about the goal of the school to read XXX amount of books. Use numbers to
draw the media’s attention! 100 kids read 4 books each … 400
books. 400 kids read 4 books each … 1,600 books. “Lincoln Elementary
students pledge to read 1,600 books during Reading Month … .”
Now that’s sure to attract some attention!
During Reading Month
Keep Tabs on Your Readers – Each class is responsible for reporting
their readers’ progress each week. Each class can have a “goal
thermometer” that ensures readers are reading. Make weekly announcements
about who’s in the lead and by how much. See if you can get permission
to have students talk about books in homeroom.
Fun Friday* – Each class can select
a theme for books and dress up in the appropriate theme (sci-fi, pirates,
*The Adviser will need to get permission first!
Coffeehouse (an idea for older students)* – students can run a “coffeehouse” type of atmosphere
on a certain day of the week. Get local/student bands or a DJ to come and
play music as students are encouraged to attend and read there.
One Month After
The Results Are In – Members of make visits to participating
classrooms to determine how many books were read. Figure out the winning
grade level or classrooms and how many books the entire student body read
during the month.
Awards – Present awards to the winners
and make announcements about the program’s successes. Present a banner
of participation to the school library.
So What Did You Think? – Conduct
a closing survey to see what students thought about the program and whether
it pushed them to read more books for fun. Members should brainstorm
about which questions to ask. After the survey is done, share the results
with school administrators and the local media. Show how this program has
helped students read.
Possible Results of
Publicize Reading Month!
- Students choose to read for fun in their free time
- Readers put school and public libraries to good use
- Members of gain high visibility in schools
- Program success can lead to sponsorship opportunities to fund the
program in the future
- Establish partnerships with organizations/libraries
JOI has developed a series of news releases that Clubs can use in
connection with their participation in the of Reading program. Below
is a sample news release that Clubs can use to promote Reading Month.
Please note that the .doc version enables Clubs to type their information
into fields*, while the .pdf files are for viewing only.
Reading Month (.doc)
Reading Month (.pdf)
*If your Club wishes to use its own letterhead,
you can remove the logo in the document by opening up the Word document,
going to "View," then "Toolbars" and selecting "Forms."
When the "Forms" toolbar appears, click on the padlock, then click
on the logo and delete it. For those using Microsoft Office 2007, click
on the Microsoft Office button in the upper left corner, go to "Word
options" and then select the box next to "Show the Developer tab
in the Ribbon" and click "OK." Above the document, click
the "Developer" tab and then click on the "Protect Document"
drop-down menu. Click on "Restrict Formatting and Editing." At
the bottom of the new window to the right, click the "Stop Protection"