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Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers 10/29/09 Edition

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I couldn t get enough of what Dr. Layne was saying and found myself yelling out, 'Yes! I ve been telling people this.' This is a must have title for school, classroom teacher, and library collections. - School Library Journal-If you are a teacher, a librarian, a parent- anyone who wants to get kids reading more- then you need to get your hands on Steven Layne's book. I knew I would like the book as soon as I saw the title, but I had no idea how important it would be. It has earned itself a place of honor on my professional book shelf. - The Reading Zone blog --The Reading Zone Blog

I think this is an extremely important book for our times. Igniting a Passion for Reading reminds us of what is truly important about teaching and learning. - Room 241 blog --Room 241 Blog

The suggestions are quick and easy, and for a teacher who really wants her children to leave her class with a love of reading, this book is a gold mine! --Timmons Times blog

Book Description

When teaching reading, American classrooms often focus exclusively on skills instruction. But how can you teach the “how” without the “why?”  In his new book, Igniting a Passion for Reading, Steve Layne shows teachers how to develop readers who are not only motivated to read great books, but also love reading in its own right. Packed with practical ways to engage and inspire readers from kindergarten through high school, this book is a “must-have” on every teacher’s professional book shelf.

Well-known for his children’s books, young adult novels, and keynote speeches across the nation and around the world, Steve, aka Dr. Read, offers teachers everywhere a plan for engaging even the most reluctant reader. From read-alouds to creating reading lounges to author visits and so much more, this book will help schools create a vibrant reading culture. The book also includes reminiscences from many of today’s well-known children’s and young adult authors—Mem Fox,  Sharon Draper, Steven Kellogg, Candace Fleming, Eric Rohman, Neal Shusterman, and Joan Bauer—about  the teacher who ignited their passion for reading.

Written with humor, grace, and poignancy, Igniting a Passion for Reading will have a profound effect on the teaching of reading in our nation’s schools.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; 10/29/09 edition (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571103856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571103857
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Sabo on December 31, 2009
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First of all, there is a quirky, funny and vastly different forward by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (The Sisters), whom I adore. Secondly, Steve Layne is a genius! Not only is he a genius, he is my literacy soul mate....but his wife has nothing to worry about, as I am happily married. If you are passionate about books and kids, then this is a book you must buy and read! It is filled with honesty, heart, humor, and strategies you can truly put into place in your own classroom to help ignite a passion for reading. The best part is, they are easy, inexpensive and not time consuming! An added bonus for educators is a final chapter outlining how to organize and plan for successful author visits. I also enjoyed the reminiscences of some of my favorite authors which precede each chapter. I can't praise it enough....it is worth every penny!
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This is a great book. It is easy to read and has an index of "reading inventories" a teacher can use to find out what his/her students are interested in reading. I highly recommend this book! I have not finished it yet due to my hectic schedule. I really enjoyed how it started out discussing how many people are "alliterate". This was a new word for me. It means you have the ability to read but you don't read. This can be caused by many things such as no motivation. Teachers will not regret purchasing this book.
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I like this book. Layne is to the point, a little beligerant and caustic and bossy. But having read The Book Whisperer, I just like it better. This book speaks to some, while the Whisperer speaks to others. The message is the pretty much the same: Let he kids read. Know your books, recommend them to kids, provide them ample time, structure their reading, and let them read. A lot.
I just like the Book Whisperer's strategy a bit better.
Interestingly, I teach in a teacher preparation program, and this book appeals to the males more, and Whisperer appeals to the females. I think it has to do with tone. Regardless, I love his message so I recommend they read one or the other.
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As a veteran teacher for 13 years with a masters in C & I/reading, I found this book to be inspirational and practical and I even ordered another copy for my fellow teacher with whom I exchange ideas. I have read just about every researcher and book on the subject and can, without question, highly recommend this one. I chose to order it because of the 5 star ratings of previous reviews. I WAS NOT going to buy another READING book!! LOL. Steven Layne inspires, but gives very practical, applicable ideas. What I think I loved the most was when he said the four most important words a student can hear are "I thought of you." Isn't it obvious that Dr. Layne LOVES kids!! He then went on to show how you can put those words into action. As with any book, a teacher has to take from it what will work for them, where they are at with teaching, style, personality. I learned, long ago, you cannot copy exactly what someone else has done. I found many ideas which are simple and easy to apply in almost any reading program you teach. I love how he encourages teachers as readers and read aloud time (my favorite time of any school day). As Kelly Gallagher said in his book, Readicide, our problem is not illiteracy but alliteracy...students who can read but chose not to. Dr. Layne is all about his students becoming literate, thoughtful, motivated readers. Reading is the most important skill a child will ever learn in their lifetime and is the responsibility of ALL teachers. I want to teach it with excellence. Dr. Layne has inspired and motivated me to let my students know "I thought of them!!"
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This is a fabulous book. Filled with useful ideas that every teacher can use. There are lots of practical ideas that you can pick and choose from to add excitement, drama, and heightened awareness of reading and literacy. The bonus is that the ideas are incredibly easy to implement. I had many forehead slapping "why didn't I think of that" moments while reading. When I implemented the ideas they worked beautifully and yes ignited a passion for reading in my students. Well done. RECOMMEND.
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Solid strategies for teaching students to read...and great suggestions for igniting passion for reading! I chose this book as part of my professional development this year...and so glad I did!
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Every summer I have good intentions to read at least 2-3 professional books however, ofttimes I get bogged down after chapter 4 or so and start another book-- Not so with Dr. Layne's book! I could not put it down (hence the chocolate comparison :) Veteran teachers to first year teachers will be enriched by Igniting a Passion for Reading as well as each grade levels across the board! His direct style is clear and concise. His love for children and books comes together in this easy-to-read text! The last line "Teach the children--and treat them well" sums it all up. If we, as educators, aren't lighting fires in our students to become lifelong readers we are not only not treating them well but we are indeed cheating them. Thanks for a funny, pithy, positive, and powerful read!
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If you believe, as I do, that we must make kids WANT to read before we can make them read what we want them to, this book is for you. It is a roadmap (as the title suggests) for making kids WANT to read. I have added "Igniting A Passion For Reading" to my very short stack of all-time-favorite professional books: "The Book Whisperer" by Donnalyn Miller; "The Reading Zone" by Nancie Atwell; "RTI From All Sides" by Mary Howard: "The Daily 5" and "CAFE" by the Sisters; and "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire" by Rafe Esquith.
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