How to Get Your Students Excited About Reading in November

NOVEMBER READING

How can teachers and homeschool parents help to promote a love of reading in the month of November?  

What are some great books to read during this time? 

How can we make reading more fun and exciting for kids? 

Let’s explore ways to get kids excited about reading in November!

How to encourage reading in November

Whether in the classroom or at home, one of the best ways to encourage reading is by reading together! 

  • Take turns reading chapters aloud 
  • Have a reading marathon where everyone reads their favorite book for an extended period of time
  • Create a fun and relaxed shared space for reading
  • Let students sip on hot cocoa and cuddle with a pillow or blanket
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Another way to encourage reading is to help students set a reading goal for themselves. Have them set a goal to read a certain number of books or read books from a certain genre. This will help them to stay focused and motivated to read.

You can make reading even more fun and exciting by incorporating reading into activities that your child already enjoys. 

For example, if your child loves playing video games, read the storybook corresponding to the game they are playing. 

Or if your child loves going on walks, take along some picture books to read along the way. 

By making reading more interactive and fun, you can help encourage a love of reading in your child.

Encouraging reading during the month of November can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your student. By setting reading goals, reading together, and making reading more interactive and fun, you can help build a love for reading that will last a lifetime.

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Some Great Books for Kids to Read in November

November is a great time of year for reading new books! There are books about pumpkins, fall, gratitude, family, friends, history, and holidays.

To find great books, you won’t have to look very hard! I bet your librarian could pull a few for you.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the librarian has already set up a display of fall books you can choose from!

Here are some of our favorite picks for elementary-aged students:

There are also many great chapter books that are perfect for reading aloud during November. Classics like “Little House on the Prairie” and “Charlotte’s Web” are a timeless choice.

Or you could try something that helps students better understand the meaning behind Thanksgiving. 

“The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving” by Ann McGovern is a great option, as is “Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving” by Joseph Bruchac.

Ideas for making reading more fun and exciting for kids in November

There are lots of great ways to make reading more fun and exciting for kids in November. Here are some ideas to get you started:

November Reading with Kids
  • Have kids use simple cookbooks to create favorite holiday recipes.
  • If you’re taking trips to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard, bring some fun books for the car ride.
  • Make reading a part of your nightly routine by reading fall-themed bedtime stories together.
  • Head to the library for a special story time featuring thanksgiving themed books. Many public libraries have special activities going on during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. 
  • Have kids keep a reading journal to document all the great books they read in November.
  • Create a reading scavenger hunt with items related to fall or Thanksgiving.
  • Take turns reading aloud as a family or in small groups.
  • Make a thankful tree by reading books about gratitude and adding leaves with things you’re thankful for.
  • Go on a nature walk and look for signs of autumn, then find books about the things the students have found.
  • Take a trip to a nursing home and read the residents some fun holiday stories.
  • Try reading aloud with different voices or accents. (Your students will love doing this with our popular readers’ theater “Who Stole the Turkey.
  • Act out scenes from the books you’re reading.
  • Make reading a contest – see who can read the most books, or read the fastest, or read the loudest.
  • Have a reading party and invite friends over to listen to stories.
  • Create a class podcast where each student reads a book as an episode. 
  • Make reading time into a special occasion- have a Thanksgiving feast after reading a book about Thanksgiving, or light a pumpkin spice candle and cozy up with a good book on a cold fall night.

Conclusion

November Reading with Pumpkins

November is a great time to get kids excited about reading. 

There are lots of fun and exciting ways to promote reading during this month. Parents and educators can help by sharing some great books for kids to read in November. We can make reading more fun and exciting for kids by incorporating activities that encourage exploration and discovery. 

With a little creativity, we can help kids develop a lifelong love of reading while making some pretty amazing memories for ourselves!

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