When teaching in Jaén, south of Spain, I used to dedicate one day each term more or less, to the students reading abridged books, with many illustrations.
I carried a pile of readers and other books in English to the classroom, with a student helping me to carry the books.
The point was for the kids to take a reader or book that they liked to read.
Some other times I delivered the readers and books according to the level of English of each student. The experience was awesome: they read a lot in those special classes. The readers and other books were very varied. / Photo from: shkolazhizni ru