Mo Willems

What Makes Children Feel Motivated to Read?

It’s Motivation Monday. Today we’re thinking about what motivates children to read.

 

Research shows that children who think they are good at reading feel more motivated to read.

This video discusses additional factors involved in reading motivation:

One of the tips for encouraging children to feel motivated to read is to reward them with reading related rewards. May we humbly suggest using our t-shirts as a reward? Check them out at www.Wonder-Shirts.com. 

 

From your experience with helping children love to read, what has worked well for you?

 

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Book Buddies at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Look at this adorable photo of two Book Buddies wearing our Mo Willems t-shirt designs with Elephant and Piggie reading a book, and The Pigeon reading a book. Everyone is reading!

Our t-shirts at ARL

 

On Valentine’s Day we wrote about the Book Buddies program at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

We sent them ten of our Wonder-Shirts t-shirts with illustrations from well known children’s book illustrators on them. They are using the t-shirts to give as prizes to the young people who are reading to cats in the shelter. They posted a photo about it on Facebook at it got 189 likes and 5 shares!

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The Book Buddies program has gone viral on the internet and talked about in the mainstream media. It was even featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. 

We love books and we love cats so the Book Buddies program makes us smile. Speaking of cats, it’s Caturday today!

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Happy Caturday! It’s time to do our Cat Aerobics…purr and stretch and meow and reach…lift those tails high in the air…now roll over and roll over and roll over. Good job! Now you are as limber and lithe as a cat!

This is one of our Edward Gorey t-shirts. Edward Gorey is a famous illustrator who still has an avid following today. He illustrated many children’s books with his unique and captivating drawings.

You can find the shirts pictured in this post at our website. Come pay us a visit at www.wonder-shirts.com. 

 

Books, Babies, Bows, & T-Shirts!

In February we discovered a wonderful blog called, “Books, Babies, and Bows.” The author is a mom named Jenny who writes to promote early childhood reading.

Here’s a photo of Jenny wearing our Skippyjon Jones t-shirt.

We were very impressed with Jenny and her passion for reading, and she was very excited to discover us and our t-shirts!

To support her in her literacy promotion efforts, we sent her three t-shirts of her choosing. Her two-year-old daughter “J” wanted our Elephant & Piggie t-shirt.

 

Her seven-year-old daughter “M” wanted Mo Willems’ pigeon “Driven to Read” t-shirt.

 

And as you saw in the first photo, Jenny chose our Skippyjon Jones “I Can Read You Like A Book Dude” t-shirt. 

Jenny says, “Little J smiles every time she sees the t-shirt and makes the connection that the characters on her shirt are the same as the characters in her books.”

 

Jenny writes beautifully out of pure love for her subject matter. Click through to read the following blog posts from “Books, Babies, and Bows.” 

Taking Vacation Time to Read Aloud

A Wonder Day Wearing Wonder-Shirts

Do you have a blog that promotes reading to children and helping children love to read? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to see what you’re writing!