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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

Tip #76: B-I-N-G-O

Kitty Felde

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Running out of ideas about how to keep kids reading when their brains are totally focused on the last day of school? How about the five letter word BINGO.

Pattie Billings is a librarian at the Quapaw Tribal Library in Quapaw, Oklahoma. She designed a reading bingo card for her readers. There's a free spot in the middle, and then she filled in the other squares with reading-related tasks like "read one chapter in a new book" or "read to a stuffed animal" or "read to an adult" or "read with a flashlight." If readers got one bing, Pattie says they got an "itty bitty prize." Two bingos earned a slightly better prize. Tackle every task in every square - known in bingo circles as a blackout - earned the biggest prize.

Pattie says her own grandson is a reluctant reader, but he's working his way through the bingo card, determined to earn the grand prize.

Goodreads has its own bingo competition open to adults. Here's a free downloadable bingo card from the A Love for Teaching website. And Pinterest has dozens and dozens of other examples.

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