Giving Students a Voice in Our Classroom Library

There's nothing so beautiful as seeing your students happily reading, am I right? I've been working really hard to convert some of my previous not-big-fans-of-reading into voracious readers this year and I am starting to see them really take off now!

One of my favorite tools to help with this has been our Book Request Form...and I wanted to share it with all of you.

The book request process is very simple. 

I leave the form in the classroom library where my students can request new books they've been anxious to read...or the next book in a series (can you tell we read The Lemonade War together this year?).

I order all the books I am able to with our Scholastic bonus points. And some I order on Amazon Prime (if they are at a reasonable price and my students are dying to get their hands on a particular title because, well, two day shipping!). Then I pencil in the date the books are expected to arrive (to avoid the endless, "are the books here yet??" questions each day). 

There are two things I love about this process.

First, it gives keeps my hungry readers well-fed...I don't want any lapse between books and this helps nicely if we don't currently have something a student is looking for in our library. Or if they are really taken with a new genre or author. 

Second, (and most importantly) I love that it gives my students a voice in our classroom library. They choose the books they want to enhance OUR library. And their opinions matter. Seeing a classmate ask for and enjoy a new book instantly engages the other readers and they want to try that book as well.

Would you like to use the Book Request Form in your class? 

Please click the image below to download a copy:

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