I give this to my students at the beginning of the year; I offer them extra credit for reading a novel and writing a one page essay. I also put up a list of three novels each month that goes along with this assignment sheet.
Included is the assignment sheet as well as my list of novels for August through May. I teach 7th and 8th grade regular and honors English. Some of these books are great for students older than this. A few books on the list work for younger students as well.
I put the list up on the first of the month and give students until the end of the month to sign up for their extra credit presentation. When the list goes up, I give students a little bit of background on each book. As an added incentive I have, in the past, told students when one of my favorite books was on a list. I then offered to double the extra credit (but I give no hints as to which book is my favorite). Students LOVED this and the number of students who participated in the extra credit quadrupled.