Motivating Readers

Readers are motivated and enjoy reading

Strong Girls Read Strong Books

By Renita Schmidt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, and Amanda Haertling Thein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Education

The authors explain how they go about selecting texts for their afterschool reading club that helps girls grow into strong women through reading books featuring strong female protagonists. They also highlight key practices they have found useful in reading and responding to those texts.

Girl reading book outdoors

The Importance of Active Reading

By:  
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Active reading allows students to build reading skills. Learn steps teachers can take to help students experience success with independent active reading.


Student giving specific feedback to a student

Providing specific feedback

By:  
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Posted on: August 17, 2016

For children struggling with reading, providing specific feedback is crucial. Learn more about providing positive feedback and corrective feedback.


Boy selecting book from shelf

Ignite the Love of Reading from Within

By:  
Kristina Hart

Posted on: July 12, 2016

What is it that makes children have a love of reading? What makes them hate it? Can you ever change their minds?


6 Steps to Help Avoid Summer Reading Slide

By:  
Val Ehlers

Posted on: June 7, 2016

Research shows students often lose reading ability over the summer. Learn how to promote reading for your children to prevent summer reading slide.


Librarian with two children reading

Positive Reading Reinforcement

By:  
Andrew Frisbie

Posted on: May 31, 2016

To develop enthusiasm for and a habit of reading, parents and teachers need to model being a reader, read to their children or students, and encourage reading for different purposes.