Teaching with Primary Resources

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“Book Bait”

Book Bait: 10 Ways to Hook Kids on Nonfiction

I wish I could take credit for the idea of “book bait,” but I can’t.  I love the ideas on this post and think they can be modified for fiction and other genres.


“1. Choose a nonfiction book to recommend, place it on your desk, then tour the room for new reading options.

2. Share one sentence that gives an idea of what the book is about.

3. Compile a class book of reviews then explore classmates’ suggestions.

4. Prepare and present book talks to the class in the form of posters, presentations, or videos.

5. After discovering a good book, create a display of more works by the same author.

6. Choose one page in a book and list the facts the words tell, then the information shown by the pictures.

7. Redraw an illustration or other image and add labels and other info.

8. Find a favorite cover and explain how it summarizes the book.

9. Design a new cover for a book to persuade more kids to read it.

10. Compare two or more books on a topic using a Venn diagram.”