This article describes a collaborative Book Bistro event between middle school students and pre-service English educators. Book Bistro is a strategy that promotes independent reading by gathering students in a café-like setting to discuss texts and perceptions through casual conversations. The purpose of this collaborative Bistro was two-fold: 1) To spark middle school students’ interest in self-selecting texts and engaging in independent reading, and 2) To allow pre-service teachers the opportunity to practice this strategy within an actual classroom. Responses from both the students and pre-service teachers indicated that this event positively impacted their interest toward reading and their relationships with one another.
"Building Excitement for Reading and Building New Friendships: Using Book Bistro with Pre-Service Teachers and Middle School Students,"
Georgia Journal of Literacy: Vol. 43
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/gjl/vol43/iss2/2