Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month to Encourage a Love for Reading

Get Caught Reading is an annual celebration that promotes the joy and benefits of reading. Let’s dig into some ways to promote a fun reading experience.

It’s May and you know what that means. It’s time to get caught reading! You may have seen some of your most beloved celebrities and book characters post pictures of themselves getting caught reading. This is a pretty popular occurrence during May, Get Caught Reading Month!

Get Caught Reading is an annual celebration that promotes the joy and benefits of reading. It’s a fun way to encourage children to develop a love for reading, and emphasizes the excitement and pleasure of being absorbed into a good book. Let’s dig into some ways to promote a fun reading experience.

Ideas to Get Caught Reading

Foster Community

Get everyone in on the fun! Make it a family, school wide, or neighborhood event. Choose a book to read together as a family and set aside time to discuss the story, characters, and themes. This activity promotes bonding and helps children develop their critical thinking and communication skills. Novel Effect has over 1,000 books that amplify this experience!

Participating as a community creates a shared love and appreciation of books. Young readers value the act of reading when they see others around them engaging. At the same time, they begin to build an understanding that reading is also a social activity; and something to be shared with others.

Inspire Creativity

More reluctant readers may appreciate the challenge of coming up with creative ways to get caught reading. Some may like to find unique spaces to read, where others may like to find hiding space and turn it into a game. And others may choose to create a social event with book clubs. 

Highlight Role Models

When reluctant readers see people they admire and respect publicly reading, they see value in it. Show them pictures of their favorite star, influencer, or athlete reading. They’ll be driven to pick up a good book!

Offer Variety

Whether you’re using Get Caught Reading Month to engage reluctant readers or broaden horizons of book lovers, give them a range of choice to read from. Provide a range of genres, topics, and themes to help them find a great book. When young readers have choice on reading materials they are more likely to pick up a book and read it. Regular trips to the library helps meet this goal! Many libraries offer free digital resources like e-books and audiobooks, which can make reading more accessible for all children.

Playful Approach

The idea is to ‘catch’ someone reading. This creates a sense of intrigue and playfulness. Where will you be caught reading, and when? This encourages readers of all ages to joyfully anticipate being caught with a good book. Create reading challenges to encourage children to set goals and track their progress. Use one of our Get Caught Reading bingo cards to encourage children to read daily. You can even offer rewards for completing a row or the entire card.

Positive Reinforcement

Celebrate when you catch someone reading! Take a picture and post it. You can even playfully say, “You’ve been caught reading!” Or even giving children a reading-related reward like a special bookmark or reading light to recognize their efforts is helpful in promoting a love of reading! This type of recognition boosts motivation, and children are more likely to continue reading for pleasure.

Why to Get Caught Reading

Reading develops curiosity, critical thinking, empathy, and understanding of the world. As teachers and families, we play a crucial role in cultivating a love for reading in children. Let’s jump into creative ways to get children reading. Stay tuned, because we also have a fun resource to make the most out of Get Caught Reading Month. 

Get Caught Reading Month is a wonderful opportunity to encourage a lifelong love of reading in children. By creating an engaging and supportive environment for reading, both at school and at home, we can nurture curious, empathetic, and well-rounded individuals who will continue to explore the world through the pages of a book. So go ahead, grab a book, and get caught reading!

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