Spring Into Reading






The Problem:

The Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District is proud to partner with Horizon Books, Cadillac, to offer the first annual "Spring Into Reading" event from April-May 2023.

Research is clear - around the world, educators, parents, and communities are struggling to keep kids focused on reading throughout their middle and high school years.  By fourth grade, many students have learned a number of the basic processes of reading and writing; however, they still need to master literacy practices unique to different levels, disciplines, texts, and situations (NCTE, 2007)

The local districts that comprise the Wexford-Missaukee ISD service region continue to employ a variety of strategies to continue to increase adolescent interest in reading - both for purpose and for pleasure.  Research has shown time and again that one of the best ways to encourage students to become lifelong readers is to offer a wide and varied selection of books from which they can choose.  (NCTE, 2018)




A Solution:

The WMISD 6-12 ELA professional learning community represents teachers from  around the entire ISD service region.  6th-12th grade Teachers from our local districts have worked with students to identify high-interest books for their classroom libraries.  Working with our local partner, Horizon Books, teachers have built wish-lists.  Books on the wishlist are both available online at horizonbooks.com,  and in most cases, in store at the downtown Cadillac branch.

Select a wishlist from the options below.

Order books online and under Pick-Up options, select "I would like to pick this order up at the store."

Under order comments write "Spring into Reading purchase for _____(Teacher name)_________.

We'll collect the books and get them to the teachers!






Thank You For Your Support!

On behalf of the students all around our ISD we thank you for your generosity and support!

For more information contact Dave Johnson at WMISD:  david.johnson[at]wmisd.org.





References and More on Adolescent Literacy

ASCD. (2002). Making reading relevant for adolescents. ASCD. Retrieved February 27 from https://www.ascd.org/el/articles/making-reading-relevant-for-adolescents


MacPherson, K. (May 27, 2020). How to encourage teenagers - especially boys - to read this summer. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/how-to-encourage-teenagers--especially-boys--to-read-this-summer/2020/05/26/28f6fb1a-96cf-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html


NCTE. (2019, July, 2018). A Call to Action:  What We Know About Adolescent Literacy Instruction. 2018. Retrieved February 27 from https://ncte.org/statement/adolescentliteracy/


NCTE. (2007). Adolescent literacy:  a policy research brief produced by the national council of teachers of english. Retrieved February 20 from https://cdn.ncte.org/nctefiles/resources/positions/chron0907researchbrief.pdf


WETA. (2023). How Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read. Retrieved February 20 from https://www.adlit.org/topics/parent-tips/how-parents-can-encourage-teens-read