Relationship of Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Award Books on Students' Reading Motivation in Three Illinois Rural Middle Schools: A Quantitative Study

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Forgrave, Roxanne Marie
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Award Books; Middle School Students; Reading; Motivation; Children's Choice Book Programs; Education; Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching; Reading and Language
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Motivating students to read is challenging, and 49 states have children’s choice book programs whose main purpose is to motivate students to read. This quantitative research study determined if, in three rural middle schools, a relationship exists between sixth, seventh, and eighth graders reading the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award (RCYRBA) books and reading motivation. The Adolescent Motivation to Read Profile (Pitcher, et al., 2007) survey was used for data collection; the data was analyzed using multiple regression. The results indicate there is a relationship between middle school students’ reading motivation and the reading of RCYRBA books, gender, grade level, and reading grades. Future research should study the causal relationship between reading motivation and students’ reading of the RCYRBA books.