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Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers 1st Edition

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The Beatles might have thought that all you need is love, but lucky for teachers, Penny Kittle knows better. She knows that when you want to create lifetime readers, you not only need to fill the room with books, not only need to show your own passion about books, but need to help kids develop lifetime reading habits. In this book, Penny shows all of us how to help kids develop those habits as she shares her masterful teaching strategies that turn aliterate students into kids who not only can read, but want to read. --Kylene Beers, author of When Kids Can't Read/What Teachers Can Do

Book Love is nothing short of miraculous. Penny Kittle knows the developmental stage of adolescence like she invented it. This book alone could make me a good teacher. It's detailed, so incredibly readable and I swear, filled with simple miracles. --Chris Crutcher, author of Period 8

Book Love focuses on a critical question all but forgotten in this age of standards and testing: What can we, as teachers, do to help our students develop a love for reading? Book Love is a breath of fresh air. It challenges many damaging practices that have become norms in our nation s classrooms, offering insightful, practical ways for teachers to begin instilling a love of reading in our students and showing teachers and administrators how to build reading lives that last. Kittle is right we cannot wait for someone else to teach our students to love reading. It starts with us, and I am hopeful that for many teachers it will start with this book. --Kelly Gallagher, author of Readicide

Worried the teenagers you teach will never pick up a book on their own? Let Penny Kittle show you how to kindle a passion for reading with authentic texts and techniques aimed at students' most vulnerable spot their hearts. --Carol Jago, author of With Rigor for All

Penny Kittle invites us into her high school classroom where many of her students fall in love with reading for the first time. Through reading research, her practical classroom rituals, and the powerful words of her students as they describe years spent not reading, Penny builds an undeniable case for pleasure reading in the high school English classroom as a path to reading competence, stamina, and engagement. --Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer
<br / --Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer

Worried the teenagers you teach will never pick up a book on their own? Let Penny Kittle show you how to kindle a passion for reading with authentic texts and techniques aimed at students' most vulnerable spot their hearts. --Carol Jago, author of With Rigor for All

Penny Kittle invites us into her high school classroom where many of her students fall in love with reading for the first time. Through reading research, her practical classroom rituals, and the powerful words of her students as they describe years spent not reading, Penny builds an undeniable case for pleasure reading in the high school English classroom as a path to reading competence, stamina, and engagement. --Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer

About the Author

As a professional development coordinator for the Conway, New Hampshire, School District, Penny Kittle acts as a K-12 literacy coach and directs new-teacher mentoring. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway's Kennett High School and in the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. Penny is the author and coauthor of numerous books with Heinemann including Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Children Want to Write (coauthored with Thomas Newkirk); Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, which won the 2009 James N. Britton Award from NCTE; The Greatest Catch, and Public Teaching. Penny coauthored two books with Donald H. Graves - Inside Writing and Quick Writes. As an in-demand Heinemann Professional Development Provider Penny delivers PD workshops, webinars, and on-site seminars and consulting services nationwide. Penny Kittle has been named the 2015 Exemplary Leader from the Conference on English Leadership for NCTE. In 2009, Penny received NCTE's prestigious Britton Award for Write Beside Them. Penny's students make a statement about how student choice in reading has affected them.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 12
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (October 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325042950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325042954
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love, love, love this book! This is a great companion text for any Donalyn Miller followers (i.e., "The Book Whisperer," "Reading in the Wild"). It has completely changed how I teach in my HS ELA classroom! I highly recommend this book!
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High school English teachers, this is what we've been waiting for! Kittle shows us why and how to motivate our teen students to find books they love and, in the process, improve their reading levels - which is something we are not accomplishing with our current, outdated methods. This book has inspired me to be determined: I WILL find a way to fund, stock, and maintain a classroom library that will get kids reading, thinking, and writing. Thank you, Penny Kittle.
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While I agree with Kittle that students should strive for greater fluency and read more and more often, I found Kittle's writing to be bland, her expectations rather obtuse (citing the example of a student who read more than 200 books in one year, in addition to his/her course work), and her assertion that students needn't worry about text complexity (that reading for the sake of reading is of utmost importance) is inaccurate. I also found her tone bothersome--her assumptions that educators do not adequately differentiate instruction or provide students the opportunity for choice in what and how students learn were off base. Certainly, I encourage all students to read a variety of texts (fluff included), but this text is inappropriate for secondary instructors who are instructing students at the high school level (or beyond). I hope to not only incite a love of reading for my students, but the ability to think critically about what they read as well. This book doesn't even skim the surface on that front.
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How many times have we heard the laments of parents and teachers, “if only my kids read more”? Penny Kittle in Book Love tackles the problem of students who don’t read, and offers English teachers tactics to combat this problem. The summative message of her book is that the first step in getting students to read is to get them to enjoy what they are reading. For a future teacher, this book is a treasure trove of ideas to get kids to enjoy reading.
She begins her book by informing her readers of the accepted fact that only twenty percent of students actually read the literature they are given in class. Combining that fact with the idea that students will have to read between 200 and 600 pages in college weekly to be successful, it creates a problematic situation that lines students up to fail once they hit higher education. It is obvious that students need to get reading, and they need to do so quickly!
As a pre-service English teacher, one of the thoughts that haunts my psyche, is what if the kids won’t read? I love the ideas that Kittle introduces to promote reading success. First of all, she has students measure their reading speed in pages per week and then measuring how that changes over the course of the year, and then she gives interesting ideas on how to keep track of their reading. My favorite of these is have students do “roller-coaster” reading, in which they balance complex reading with enjoyable simpler reading. Every time they finish what they deem deep, difficult reading, they follow it up with shorter more lightweight piece. It keeps the kids from burning out from the harder texts, and it keeps them reading.
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This is an amazing book! Penny outlines exactly how she encourages her students to read, and exactly how she assesses them and conferences with them. Sprinkled throughout are also several success stories of her students who have gone on to become lifelong readers. I have had the pleasure of hearing Penny Kittle speak in person, and she obviously has a passion for reading, writing, and success in her students that shows through in her speaking and her writing. Not only is she an amazing teacher, but she has an amazing ability to teach other teachers and inspire others to seek the best in their students!
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This book changed my teaching life. Seriously. It is THAT good. I balked at the price tag, but I'd have gladly paid four times that amount for the inspiration and practical applications, all (FINALLY) designed for high school classrooms. I've been able to implement after reading it.
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This book changed my approach to teaching. My 8th grade team and I were able to take Kittle's ideas and implement them effectively in the classroom and saw a noticeable change in our students.
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Every teacher and parent should read this book!!! Penny Kittle teaches us how to help students become life long learners and readers. Excellent book for all people who are committed to helping adolescents succeed.
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