Top Ten Signs You Might Be an Avid Reader

This post is inspired by Peter Johnston when he spoke at the Wisconsin State Reading Association conference this year. He suggested we measure student reading engagement with questions that identify what happens when someone truly is a reader. I left the last three slots open. What would you ask?

Top Ten Signs You Might Be an Avid Reader

  1. Do you get upset when a teacher or parent tells you to stop reading and go to another activity?
  2. Have you ever accidentally walked into something while reading? (Johnston)
  3. While reading, did a large amount of time pass without you realizing it? (Allington)
  4. Have you purchased both the print and digital version of the same book, just in case you need to reference it at any time?
  5. Are you reluctant to mark up the pages, for fear that the person you lend the book to will not appreciate it?
  6. Do you sometimes refrain from reading before bed, because you may stay up too late?
  7. Do you have at least two books on deck?

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Signs You Might Be an Avid Reader”

  1. Hmmm. Maaaaybe:

    8) Do you frequently run out of bookmarks for your books?
    9) Do you buy new books even though you still have a large pile of unread books at home?
    10) Do you spend most of your money on books instead of clothes and other luxuries?


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