One way I encourge students to love reading and take care of books is by making individual book bags.
I purchase the small cloth bags from Oriental Trading Company. They are large enough to fit a few chapter books at one time. You can even fit small picture books in the book bag. They have handles and come in different colors.
Early in the school year we talk about how special books are and how we need to take care of them. To do that we will make book bags to use for the year and to keep when the year is over.
In addition to the bags, you will need fabric paint and a permanent marker to write each students name on the bag.
I hope you enjoy this activity as much as I do each September.