Book Love by Penny Kittle

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Genre: Language Arts textbook

Page Count: 174

Publication Date: 2013

Summary: Students are graduating high school without ever having read a book.  The author argues that when students don’t read, it is because they have not yet found a book that engages them and/or they don’t have the necessary reading skills for a particular book. She lists a series of practical steps that can be implemented in any secondary Language Arts classroom to get kids into the habit of reading. She argues that allowing the students to choose their own books, whether or not they are “academic” enough for school, is a major starting point.

Recommended: Yes.  The text is very easy to read and the steps listed are things that the author uses in her own classroom.  She lists several questions that you can use with your students in book conferences to get kids talking about books.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “This is the calling of an English teacher for me: give each student books that teach them, challenge them, and lead them to places they’ll never know otherwise.”   “Invite kids into reading, [do] not force them into it.”

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