It has been proven that when students read more, they increase vocabulary, improve their writing skills, and much more. Recently, there has been much discourse around whether or not simply giving students time to read is beneficial; therefore, I suggest using accountability sheets daily as well as planning a lot of time for students to talk/write about what they're reading. I have used Independent Reading Book (IRBs) to teach skills we were focusing on in our units, too.
The power point I've included is a nice way to introduce a solid Independent Reading Program in your class. Happy Reading!