I often need fun activities to encourage my students to read independently. I like book bingo's. Near the beginning of any nine-week period I will hand each of my students a copy of the bingo card and we review each listed genre, author, or other listed types of books. I want to make sure that my students understand what each type of book is to increase awareness when we go to the library. After going over each box, I tell my students that this will replace a low reading grade with a 100%. I also use this as an extra credit assignment but I add that the student must write summaries of at least two of the books they read. Really it can be used in any way you want!