“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -Joseph Addison

Did you know that May is Get Caught Reading Month? Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), Get Caught Reading is a national campaign that uses images of celebrities and other public figures caught reading. Get Caught Reading Month is an exciting opportunity for you to promote a culture of reading in your classroom and introduce children to new books.

How to Create a Culture of Reading

It all starts with you. Children need role models who help them develop positive attitudes about reading. It’s important for you to talk about your favorite books with children and share some of your reading experiences. It’s also important for you to get caught reading by the children in your care. Make sure you read while children are reading, and try to read during other opportunities throughout the day (e.g, lunch, free period, etc.), especially for Get Caught Reading Month!

Finding fun ways to inspire children to pick up books is essential to creating a culture of reading. The Get Caught Reading website has numerous posters available of famous celebrities and sports stars who have been caught reading. Hanging these posters around your classroom or writing quotes about reading from children’s favorite role models on your whiteboard can inspire children to read for pleasure or try a new type of book.

10 Classic Children’s Books

Another part of creating a culture of reading is having a variety of developmentally appropriate books available. Children will want to read the classic books listed below again and again, making them the perfect investment for your classroom or school library!

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  3. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  4. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  5. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  6. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  7. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  8. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  9. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Browse our entire selection of children’s books for other exciting stories you can include in your classroom library, and be sure to read our blog post “Ways to Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month” for some awesome ideas on how you can celebrate with the children in your care.