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Best Books for Building Literacy for Elementary School Children Paperback – October 25, 1999


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A handy book for practicing elementary teachers!


* Books are arranged by grade level (grades 1-6) and difficulty level, so teachers will have an extensive listing of books that would be appropriate for students in their grade.
* Annotated and graded lists of over 1000 books allows teachers to choose books that match their students' interests and reading abilities.
* Suggestions for matching students with books describes specific ways in which the reading abilities of students can be assessed and the difficulty of books can be determined.
Best Books for Building Literacy for Elementary School Children helps current and future teachers find interesting, readable books for every student in their class and use children's books to help each student fully develop her or his literacy potential. It provides an annotated listing of more than 1000 books selected for students in grades one through six. The listing features a balanced selection of the best that has been written, including many award winning books by such highly acclaimed authors as Avi, Eve Bunting, Gary Paulsen, Phylis Naylor, Patricia Lauber, Joanna Cole, and Roald Dahl. Also included are highly popular series books, collections of jokes and riddles, poetry collections and many intriguing informational books, such as The Best Kids' Book of Lists, Incredible Plants, Bizarre Bugs, Do Fish Drink?, Mummies, and Superstars of Women's Basketball. Based on the premise that students need books that are interesting and at the appropriate level of difficulty, the readability of each book has been assessed. At each level, from grade one through grade six, books are listed that are of average difficulty for the grade as well as those that are easy and those that would be challenging. A special effort was made to include books that students reading below grade level would be able to handle. All annotations include a summary of each book, and many provide suggestions for using a particular book to foster comprehension, vocabulary, or writing development. Numerous suggestions for tie-ins with science, history, and other content areas are also included. To help readers locate a particular book, the books are indexed by author, by title, and by the skill that is reinforced in the book.

Thomas G. Gunning is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University.

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Thomas G. Gunning is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University.


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Tom Gunning holds a doctorate in the Psychology of Reading from Temple University and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Reading/Language Arts Department, Central Connecticut State University. He is Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University, and has been a secondary English teacher and an elementary school reading consultant. He has written several textbooks on the teaching of reading, including: Developing Higher-Level Literacy in All Students, Allyn & Bacon, 2008; Closing the Literacy Gap, Allyn & Bacon, 2006; Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students 7th Ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2010; Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties,4th Ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2010, and Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students in Grades 4-8, 2nd Ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2010. He is also the author of Word Building, a Response to Intervention Program (Phoenix Learning Resources) for students with decoding problems. His latest books are Building Struggling Students Higher Level Literacy: Practical Ideas, Powerful Solutions (International Reading Association), which he co-edited with Jim Collins, and Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 Lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy, which is published by Jossey-Bass.

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