We celebrated National Picture Book Month in November. Last year for Picture Book Month, we ran a special on picture books - check out at least one and students could get an extra book. This year, we ran the same special, but added a challenge. Elementary students in grades 1-5 were given bookmarks to track the picture books they read during the month. (Kindergarteners got a pencil without having to fill in the bookmark.) Once they finished 10 picture books, they had to choose their favorite and explain why. Once their bookmark was completed, they earned a special pencil that says, "I read picture books at FSUS!"
I ordered the pencils in bulk from Oriental Trading Company. For just over 600 pencils, it cost around $100. Well worth it to encourage the kiddos to read picture books.
Many students read far more than just the 10 books to get the pencil. That tells me they were reading for pleasure and enjoying the picture books. That's really all that matters to me.