Wednesday, November 13, 2013

These Two Books Caught Jackie's Eye

Fostering the love of books in children is really important to me.  I truly blessed to have been encouraged to read from a very young age ( I honestly don't remember NOT being able to read).  While surfing through the blogosphere recently, I came upon the works of Donalyn Miller, a language arts and social studies teacher in Texas.  I haven't read through both of them yet, but I just couldn't wait to put them on YOUR radar as well.

Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.
A companion to the bestselling The Book Whisperer, Reading in the Wild explores whether or not lifelong reading habits are instilled in students and provides practical strategies for teaching "wild" reading. The book offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess key lifelong reading habits.

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