Here are some things to consider as you implement choice reading. If you want your kids to really read, it’s important to think about how these elements work together, and eliminating any of them is a sure-fire way to lessen the likelihood that kids are reading and audiobooks are fine as well. As long as they read, it’s okay.
Let It Go
We have to give up control over what kids read. Let them choose. It’s ok if they spend the first 3 months, 6 months, the whole year choosing nothing but YA fantasy books. They. Are. Reading. We can still introduce and assign excerpts from classics as well as articles, essays, and plays as whole-class in-class readings. We can guide them toward new genres and challenging choices. But we have to let go of having control over what they choose to read.