Solving the Reading Riddle: The Librarian's Guide to Reading Instruction

Overview

As a children's librarian, you are increasingly being called upon to support schools and parents in teaching children to read—from early literacy initiatives and read-alouds to parent workshops and collection development endeavors. Yet, if you're like most public librarians, you probably have no clue as to what reading strategies other educators use. Understanding reading instruction theory and practice can help you function better in these roles and communicate more effectively...

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Overview

As a children's librarian, you are increasingly being called upon to support schools and parents in teaching children to read—from early literacy initiatives and read-alouds to parent workshops and collection development endeavors. Yet, if you're like most public librarians, you probably have no clue as to what reading strategies other educators use. Understanding reading instruction theory and practice can help you function better in these roles and communicate more effectively with other educators and parents.

Solving the Reading Riddle: The Librarian's Guide to Reading Instruction explains the theories and shows you how to effectively integrate reading instruction theory into your roles as reading advocate, family reading coach, partner with educators, and keeper of the books. Designed for public librarians, this book is also beneficial reading for LIS students in children's librarianship courses, and for teacher librarians needing more information on this topic.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Very nicely organized and thoroughly 'user-friendly', Solving the Reading Riddle is an ideal Library Science curriculum textbook and a highly recommended addition to academic Library Science reference collections and professional reading lists."

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Midwest Book Review

"Librarians have always promoted reading, usually emphasizing "good reads." In today's environment, librarians need to participate more centrally in reading instruction. Leveraging her reading and public librarian experience, author Soltan provides background information about reading instruction and suggests ways for librarians to get involved. Basically, she advocates a balanced reading-instruction approach of rich materials and reading skills (e.g., phonics, comprehension strategies, etc.). She describes a sampling of intervention programs and leveling processes. In her strongest chapter, Soltan suggests ways for librarians to serve as reading advocates and provides several lists of specialized children's books (e.g., pattern stories, graphic novels for struggling readers). She also describes ways to coach family reading activities and work with educators. The book … has some useful ideas, particularly for working with families."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591588443
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Everything Old Is New Again 1

Chapter 1 Reading History 3

Chapter 2 Innovative Approaches for the Struggling Reader 17

Chapter 3 What It All Means Today 31

Part 2 The Reading Riddle and the Role of the Children's Librarian-Dovetailing Roles with Reading Instruction 41

Chapter 4 The Reading Advocate 43

Chapter 5 Family Reading Coach 67

Chapter 6 Partner with Educators 79

Chapter 7 Keeper of the Tools 91

Chapter 8 Insights 107

Glossary of Reading Instruction Terms 113

Index 117

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