Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits

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In Reading in the Wild, reading expert Donalyn Miller continues the conversation that began in her bestselling book, The Book Whisperer. While The Book Whisperer revealed the secrets of getting students to love reading, Reading in the Wild, written with reading teacher Susan Kelley, describes how to truly instill lifelong "wild" reading habits in our students.

Based, in part, on survey responses from adult readers as well as students, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and ...

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Overview

In Reading in the Wild, reading expert Donalyn Miller continues the conversation that began in her bestselling book, The Book Whisperer. While The Book Whisperer revealed the secrets of getting students to love reading, Reading in the Wild, written with reading teacher Susan Kelley, describes how to truly instill lifelong "wild" reading habits in our students.

Based, in part, on survey responses from adult readers as well as students, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess five key reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Also included are strategies, lesson plans, management tools, and comprehensive lists of recommended books. Copublished with Editorial Projects in Education, publisher of Education Week and Teacher magazine, Reading in the Wild is packed with ideas for helping students build capacity for a lifetime of "wild" reading.

"When the thrill of choice reading starts to fade, it's time to grab Reading in the Wild. This treasure trove of resources and management techniques will enhance and improve existing classroom systems and structures."
Cris Tovani, secondary teacher, Cherry Creek School District, Colorado, consultant, and author of Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?

"With Reading in the Wild, Donalyn Miller gives educators another important book. She reminds us that creating lifelong readers goes far beyond the first step of putting good books into kids' hands."
Franki Sibberson, third-grade teacher, Dublin City Schools, Dublin, Ohio, and author of Beyond Leveled Books

"Reading in the Wild, along with the now legendary The Book Whisperer, constitutes the complete guide to creating a stimulating literature program that also gets students excited about pleasure reading, the kind of reading that best prepares students for understanding demanding academic texts. In other words, Donalyn Miller has solved one of the central problems in language education."
Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, University of Southern California

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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."—Groucho Marx.

Twitter, TV, and Facebook have earned their place in the universe, but there is still no substitute for reading more substantial matter. Donalyn Miller became famous as the author of The Book Whisperer and the keeper of its blog, but she has gained much of her literacy-promoting expertise as a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher. Her second book draws on the feedback of hundreds of adult and student readers to help parents and instructors to teach and encourage lifelong reading habits. Reading in the Wild is no eyes-in-the-sky approach; its detailed practical strategies, lesson plans, tip, and ideas can work wonders even with reluctant readers. A trade paperback original.

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“…extended information here that applies to today’s Common Core Standards-based classroom environment,…this work is jam-packed with highly useful information that is adaptable for various grade levels and teaching styles….essential for the practitioner or preparing practitioner looking for verified approaches to reading that will engage all students.”—Library Journal, December 2013

Library Journal
12/01/2013
Coauthors Miller and Kelley, both practicing teachers, offer concrete strategies for developing reading habits that serve to cultivate the skills and attitudes designed to shape students into dedicated readers. Whether you call the habits lifelong or "wild," the authors show it is possible to create readers who love reading because they have acquired the important behaviors outlined here. Advocating for a variety of techniques including dedicated time to read, self-selected material, and reflective practice, Miller and Kelley build on a solid research base by describing their own experiences. The conversational style gives this title an accessible tone that makes it easy to see how the methods offered could fit into an array of teaching situations. Fans of Miller's The Book Whisperer will find extended information here that applies to today's Common Core Standards-based classroom environment. Concluding with 30 pages of reproducible handouts, this work is jam-packed with highly useful information that is adaptable for various grade levels and teaching styles. VERDICT Miller and Kelley's favorable volume will prove to be essential for the practitioner or preparing practitioner looking for verified approaches to reading that will engage all students.—Rachel Wadham, Brigham Young Univ. Libs., Provo, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470900307
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/4/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 23,777
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donalyn Miller, known as "The Book Whisperer" for her insightful advice on what students like to read and how to foster independent reading, teaches language arts and social studies at Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Susan Kelley
has taught reading for over thirty years and currently teaches language arts and social studies at Trinity Meadows Intermediate in Keller, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Teri S. Lesesne xi

Introduction xvii

LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING 1

CHAPTER 1 Wild Readers Dedicate Time to Read 5

CREATING A WORKSHOP SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR YOU 37

CHAPTER 2 Wild Readers Self-Select Reading Material 42

CURATING A CLASSROOM LIBRARY 79

CHAPTER 3 Wild Readers Share Books and Reading with Other Readers 87

CONFERRING: WHAT’S THE POINT? 129

CHAPTER 4 Wild Readers Have Reading Plans 135

BUILDING A PERSONAL CANON 158

CHAPTER 5 Wild Readers Show Preferences 162

CODA 194

Appendix A: Reader’s Notebook Sheets 198

GENRE REQUIREMENTS GRAPH 199

MY READING LIST 200

BOOKS TO READ LIST 206

STATUS OF THE CLASS 207

Appendix B: Reading Habits Reflections 208

MY READING ITINERARY 209

MY SELECTION REFLECTION 214

MY READING INFLUENCES 217

Appendix C: Reading Habits Assessments 219

Appendix D: Reading Habits Surveys 222

WILD READER SURVEY 223

END-OF-YEAR READING HABITS SURVEY 227

END-OF-YEAR READING PREFERENCES SURVEY 231

Appendix E: Students’ Favorite Titles and Series 234

References 248

Acknowledgments 254

About the Authors 258

About the Sponsor 259

Index 260

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