Tell Me: Children, Reading and Talk the Reading Environment-How Adults Help Children Enjoy Books

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Tell Me: Children, Reading and Talk the Reading Environment-How Adults Help Children Enjoy Books


Gayle, Colin, NATE Classroom


Tell Me: Children, Reading and Talk The Reading Environment--How Adults Help Children Enjoy Books

Aidan Chambers

Thimble Press 2011

ISBN 9780903355544

220 pages, 10.00 [pounds sterling]

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This book brings together two earlier books written by Aidan Chambers in a revised and updated form. This union emphasises the connection between the social context of reading and talking about books.

Having read Tell Me: Children, Reading & Talk when it was originally published, I have been using Chambers' approach to 'booktalk' very successfully within class, as well as helping parents with their children's reading at home. The book and its ideas remain fresh and very relevant. Chambers' approach of 'booktalk' is clear and insightful, providing a backbone of questioning for any form of shared reading. At the heart of Chambers' 'Tell me' approach, children articulate their thoughts, clarify their ideas to communicate with others and develop good listening skills. This approach can also be applied to any subject matter, not just reading, as children develop higher-order thinking and questioning skills. Chambers provides transcripts of 'booktalk' in action to provide those new to the idea with a clear understanding of how to help children become thinking readers. …

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