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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

My thirty-year career as a public children’s librarian placed me in the world of children’s reading with a focus and goals parallel to those of the teacher or reading specialist. Connecting children with books through readers’ advisory rather than reading instruction was my primary role, while creating programs, story hours, summer reading plans, and book discussion series all had the underlying purpose of encouraging kids, as much as possible, not only to read but to like reading. I immersed myself in the plethora of children’s literature in all genres, including nonfiction formats, ready to deal with each “reference interview.” Over the years, I worked in well-endowed upper-middle-class communities and underfunded urban neighborhoods where, for most kids, life is a daily ordeal of poverty and, often, family illiteracy. I provided hundreds of books to thousands of children, first and foremost, for homework assignments, book reports, and research projects. The children that truly loved to come and visit with me were those I got to know for their avid attitude and eagerness to read regardless of where they lived. Matching these children with the right book was always a satisfying pleasure. However, finding the right fit for the uninterested or struggling reader was much more difficult.

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