Bus Driver Keeps a Bucket of Books Up Front to Encourage Kids to Read, and Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Julie Callison, a special education teacher and bus driver in Arkansas's Drew Central School District, has come up with a genius (and supereasy!) way to make sure her students read every day. The bus driver set up a "bucket of books" in the front of the bus for the kids to pick out of to read on the rides to and from school and has even set up a "special guest reader" program with older students to further keep the kids engaged.

"This year I added a bucket of books on my bus to encourage students to read," Julie said, according to the Arkansas Department of Education's Facebook page. The DOE also shared two photos, one of Julie's bucket of books, another a selfie she took with all of her students holding up books in the background.

"The way this works is, when students get on the bus they can get up to three books. After they read those, they can share with students around them, then put them back in the bucket on the way out the door. I have older students reading to younger students, and younger students reading to older students. On Friday afternoons we have a 'Special Guest Reader,' usually from the back of the bus (high school or middle school student). They pick out a book, sit on the front seat and read it over the speaker to the whole bus. They love this!"

This idea is so fun, easy, and genius — every bus driver should consider trying it!