Artist Trading Cards are a great way to generate excitement around independent reading. It serves the same purpose as a book report with half the work and double the enjoyment. I like giving them this time to process what they read and depict the theme through art and practice writing a succinct summary (it has to fit on the back!). My students love looking back at their collection at the end of the year and remembering all the books they read. I like having my students trade with each other to get them excited about what their friends are reading. I also have included instructions for trading with another classroom.