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Reading Motivation and Reading Aloud

How to Raise a Reader

By: Maria Russo, Pamela Paul
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Family

A guide to welcoming children — from babies to teens — to a lifelong love of reading, written by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers ideas on how to develop rituals around reading, build a family library, or engage a reluctant reader. Themed book recommendations are also included.

Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook: Eighth Edition

By: Jim Trelease
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Parents and educators have turned to this classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. This updated edition discusses the benefits, rewards, and importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by the latest research and an updated library of book recommendations curated with an eye for diversity, the book offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children of all backgrounds and abilities discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.

Maximizing Motivation for Literacy Learning: Grades K-6

By: Barbara Marinak, Linda Gambrell, Susan Mazzoni
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Discover a wealth of concrete ways to promote children's intrinsic motivation to read. The book provides 30 practical strategies and activities, such as "Citizen of the Month," "High Five," and "Your Life in Books" that are ready to implement in the K-6 classroom. Teachers get step-by-step instructions for creating a motivating classroom environment, nurturing children's self-concepts as literacy learners, and fostering appreciation of the value of reading and writing. More than a dozen reproducibles include two helpful assessment tools.

Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

By: Emma Walton Hamilton
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Family

This book offers creative strategies, tips, and activities to help young people discover — or rediscover the joy and empowerment of reading.

Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do

By: Daniel T. Willingham
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Neuropsychologist Willingham explains in depth the three key elements for reading enthusiasm ― decoding, comprehension, and motivation ― and provides practical tips for supporting all three from birth through adolescence. The book also includes Information on helping kids with dyslexia and encouraging reading in the digital age.

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

By: Donalyn Miller
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Based on survey responses from over 900 adult readers and classroom feedback, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage and assess key lifelong reading habits, including dedicating time for reading, planning for future reading, and defining oneself as a reader. Includes advice for supporting the love of reading by explicitly teaching lifelong reading habits. Contains accessible strategies, ideas, tips, lesson plans and management tools along with lists of recommended books. 

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

By: Mem Fox
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Family

Best-selling children's author Mem Fox (Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes) reveals the emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read. With passion and humor, the author talks about the when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and get the most out of a read-aloud session. You'll also find guidance on choosing good books.

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

By: Donalyn Miller
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Miller takes us inside her sixth grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read, combined with a program for independent reading. She also focuses on building a classroom library of high-interest books, and above all on modeling appropriate and authentic reading behaviors. 

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

By: Meghan Cox Gurdon
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, this book explains the cognitive and social-emotional benefits of reading aloud. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it’s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures.

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