I have been doing reading homework with my kiddos for a few years now and last year it seemed that some of my kids were getting bored with it. I would send home these white take home readers that we had read in class. I even had some parents say they were bored with them. And I think it made sense, I mean really, they aren't in color, they (the parents) had to listen to the same stories quite a bit and well I guess I would get bored too. SO I wrote a grant to purchase real books and the materials to start my STAR (Sit Together And Read) reading homework. I also began going through my personal library of books and pulling books I thought would be good for homework or ones I had 2 copies of. I then used Scholastics Book Wizard and leveled them according to DRA levels. Then I added library pockets to the inside front cover of books and an index card with the title's name, level and my name (I also put a label on the outside cover of the books). I really think this had improved my students wanting to read AND they get to chose 2 new books every week. I still send home the take home readers so they have more than just 2 books but I'm sure they aren't read as much. Here are some pictures of what my STAR homework looks like.