Getting kids to read is one of the most rewarding and challenging things a teacher can do. Opening the world of adventure and imagination from a book set in a far-off land or even down the street can help students make connections to their lives and to the world. It can make children feel less alone, give them tools to navigate their lives, and even make them think about others.

So how do I get my students to find connections to books that will last a lifetime?

• I try to meet them where they are.
I choose my read-aloud books very carefully....

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About the Author:

Carol Bauer teaches fourth grade at Grafton Bethel Elementary School in York County, Virginia. She is a National Board Certified teacher and the National Education Association director for Virginia.