I hosted a "Book Tasting" in my classroom to promote the joy reading can bring. I labeled each table with a genre and placed a variety of books that fit that category for students to read a few pages and see if it would be a good fit for them. They had "menus" in which they wrote their thoughts about the book and rated it based on whether they would want to read it during the school year. This provided them with a list of books to check out in the future. It is my desire for students to find books that will engage them and make them want to continue to explore the adventures that a great book can bring. I had the honor of seeing my students genuinely excited about reading from this experience!
Along with the book tasting my classroom became a cafe' in which students had the chance to read in a relaxing environment. They had snacks and decaf coffee with our own barista making special lattes for them to enjoy.