Motivators of Reading Enrichment (MORE) encourages fourth-grade students to read for pleasure. Each participating classroom receives a MORE library of 55 high-interest books. A Better Basics volunteer visits weekly to award prize books and incentives to students as they successfully read from the classroom library. This allows students to start or add to their home libraries.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress encourages independent reading as a critical aspect of literacy development, and has documented a correlation between students who read for pleasure and reading achievement. MORE enriches children by motivating them to read and providing access to high-quality literature, thus establishing the habits of reading and writing and improving attitudes toward learning.
Teachers allow students 30 minutes per day to read selections from the MORE library and to complete a 10-question book report to demonstrate and help improve reading comprehension. Students can earn a book for every completed report (up to two books per week), allowing them to develop personal home libraries. The MORE program is responsible for putting thousands of books into the homes of students every year, and often a MORE prize book is the first book a child has ever owned. Research suggests having books in the home provides an opportunity for other members of the family to be positively influenced. The practice often provides much-needed modeling for younger siblings and even encourages parents to improve their reading skills. Additional incentives are awarded when a student reaches the milestones of reading five (MORE T-shirt), 10 (silicone bracelet), 15 (blue ribbon) and 20 (water bottle) books.