Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers

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When teaching reading, educators in U.S. classrooms often focus exclusively on skills instruction. But how can you teach the "skill" without the "will"? In his new book, Igniting a Passion for Reading, Steven Layne shows teachers how to develop readers who not only are motivated to read great books but who also love reading in its own right. Packed with practical ways to engage and inspire readers from kindergarten through high school, this is a must-have on every teacher's professional bookshelf.

In this book, overflowing with practical strategies and "From the Trenches" anecdotes, Steven Layne-well known for his award-winning children's books and young adult novels, as well as for powerful keynote speeches he's delivered across the nation and around the world-offers teachers everywhere a plan for engaging even the most reluctant reader. From book shopping and buzz topics to reading lounges and so much more, this book will help schools create a vibrant reading culture. The book also includes reminiscences from many of today's well-known children's and young adult authors-Mem Fox, Sharon Draper, Steven Kellogg, Candace Fleming Eric Rohmann, Neal Shusterman, Joan Bauer, and more-about the teacher who ignited their passion for reading.

Written with humor, grace, and poignancy, Igniting a Passion for Reading will have a profound effect on the teaching of reading in our nation's schools.-Grades K-12

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"I couldn’t get enough of what Dr. Layne was saying and found myself yelling out, 'Yes! I’ve been telling people this.' This is a must have title for school, classroom teacher, and library collections." - School Library Journal

"If you are a teacher, a librarian, a parent- anyone who wants to get kids reading more- then you need to get your hand on Steven Layne's book. I knew I would like the book as soon as I saw the title, but I had no idea how improtant it would be. It has earned itself a place of honor on my professional book shelf." - The Reading Zone blog

"I think this is an extremely important book for our times. Igniting a Passion for Reading reminds us of what is truly important about teaching and learning." - Room 241 blog

"The suggestions are quick and easy, and for a teacher who really wants her children to leave her class with a love of reading, this book is a gold mine!" - Timmons Times blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103857
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 142,132
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Gail Boushey Joan Moser ix

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 The Missing Objective in the Teachers' Reading Lesson Plans: Igniting a Passion by Targeting Aliterate Readers-Introduction Mem Fox 3

Chapter 2 Coaches Who Know Their Players Win More Games: Igniting a Passion by Knowing Your Students - Introduction Margaret Peterson Haddix 15

Chapter 3 I Didn't Know They Still Wrote Books for Adults: Igniting a Passion Through Book Chats-Introduction Neal Shusterman 37

Chapter 4 Don't Bother Me, I'm Busy Changing Lives: Igniting a Passion Through Effectively Reading Aloud-Introduction Steven Kellogg 51

Chapter 5 My Modeling Career: Igniting a Passion by Reading with Students Introduction Sharon M. Draper 69

Chapter 6 Can We Talk? Igniting a Passion Through Book Discussions Introduction Jordan Sonnenblick 85

Chapter 7 Nothing's More Dangerous Than a Teacher with a Good Idea: Igniting a Passion by Opening a Reading Lounge-Introduction Karen Beaumont 101

Chapter 8 There's a Party Goin' on Right Here: Igniting a Passion by Celebrating Books Introduction Candace Fleming 115

Chapter 9 Oh, Author, Where Art Thou? Igniting a Passion Through Author Visits Introduction Eric Rohmann 131

Chapter 10 Making the Intangible Tangible: Igniting a Passion with a Quarterly Plan Introduction Joan Bauer 145

Until Next Time 161

Appendix A Resources for Locating the Best Children's/YA Books 162

Appendix B Fifteen Great Magazines for Kids 165

Appendix C Picture Book of the Month 166

Appendix D Fillable Forms 169

Books Steven L. Layne 185

Bibliography 186

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    This book is a MUST HAVE for any elementary teacher, reading spe

    This book is a MUST HAVE for any elementary teacher, reading specialist or administrator. Dr. Layne's persuasive and candid look at motivating children to read will inspire all. While reading this book, I was reminded why I became an educator.

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