The Teacher’s Hot Read

Mar 19, 2012 by

In a recent post I encouraged you to share your reading lives with your students.  Here is another idea to model being readers ourselves and also to spark our students’ interests in reading.  I read about this idea in Steven Layne’s book [amazonify]1571103856::text::::Igniting a Passion for Reading[/amazonify].  Here is how it works:

  1. Get a book stand (you can also use plate or picture stands available at craft stores or an IKEA napkin holder like the one pictured below).
  2. Create an attention-getting sign that says “Mr. or Mrs. ________’s Hot Read”
  3. On the stand, place a book that you are currently reading.  This book should be one that is appropriate for the grade level you teach, but should NOT be the book you are reading aloud to your students.


[amazonify]1571103856[/amazonify]Steven Layne encourages teachers to read this book a couple of nights a week at home and periodically at school during independent work time so that students see us visibly reading.  If all goes as he suspects, within a few days, we will begin to hear “chatter” from students who may have already read the book or from students who are interested in reading it.  Be prepared to let students know if there are any copies available in the library or if you are willing to lend it out when you are finished.

What an easy way for us to share our love of reading and to get kids buzzing about books!


  1. Kerri

    I love this idea! I have done something similar in my classroom, though not quite as “tricky.” I purchased several of the book stands at Walmart. They were called art stands, and they were $1 each – perfect! I have a large window in the center of one wall of my classroom with a large windowsill. I display a variety of books that I think students will be interested in on the stands on this windowsill. It makes a nice display….for about an hour (by then, students have claimed all the books that were on them!). Oftentimes, I use this space to display new books or books from an author/series that we have recently read. If those same books were in a bin on a shelf, most of my students would never look for them, but if they are right out in the open, they snag them right away. Also, because many students have seen the books on the display, they remember to look for them even when they’re not on display anymore. I love that this has gotten my kids more interested in books!

  2. Annemarie

    It’s all about the marketing, isn’t it, Kerri? I learned that from Jim Trelease, the author of The Read-Aloud Handbook. He said we should take lessons from bookstores–they know that in order to sell books, the front covers must be displayed. Thanks for sharing your idea!

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