Our real readers and fake readers chart states that real readers can talk about the books they read. Fake readers can't. In order to remind my readers that talking about books is so important, each one keeps a little checkmark in their book basket at all times. (Bless my talented aunt and uncle for making them several years ago out of some type of study board.) Here are some pictures of the checkmarks in action.
I spotted this reader with the checkmark in his hand as he was talking about his book with himself. (They also use them with their reading buddies.)
This young reader was doing the same.
Here's where the checkmark lives when it's not helping a reader talk about their book.
Thanks to The Sisters for inspiring me to have my readers check on their understanding!