Where is all this leading?
Many of the children are "turning into readers" or are on the verge of "cracking the code". Now is the time to motivate them with putting a lot of print in their hands. I remember vividly how excited I used to get when my elementary teachers would pass out a Scholastic (and back then, Troll) Book Club flyers to order books. Thank goodness my parents were believers in providing me with a lot of books, and consequently, I became a bookworm!
I seriously believe that the excitement of receiving books from Scholastic made me want to read more. Why? Because Mom said she would only buy new books for me each month as long as I read the ones she purchased for me in the previous order. Each time the books arrived, I felt like it was my birthday! The waiting was tough, I won't lie to you! But the waiting taught me to be patient, it gave me something exciting to look forward to, and it was sooo exciting when I walked into the classroom and saw the stacks of books the teacher had laid out from the orders! Whoo hoo! When she handed me my order, I had difficulty thinking of anything else. I couldn't wait to go home and start reading!