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

ISBN: 978-0-470-90030-7
304 pages
November 2013, Jossey-Bass
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February 07, 2014
San Francisco, CA

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

American kids don’t read—at least not voluntarily. Any teacher who struggles to instill a love of reading in their students can tell you that. So can their worried parents.  Today’s young people seem increasingly reluctant to read any printed text that’s longer than 140 characters. That’s a problem, because children who love reading are most successful in school.  Later in life, readers tend to have better job prospects, enjoy more professional success, and even be more socially and civically involved in their communities.  

Yes, it’s past time to change the role of reading, as well as how it’s taught in classrooms too often overly constrained by strict curriculums and standardized test performance goals. And fortunately, educators who want to help kids learn to love reading are about to receive a powerful new tool: READING IN THE WILD: THE BOOK WHISPERER’S KEYS TO CULTIVATING LIFELONG READING HABITS (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand; November 2013; $22.95; Paper; ISBN: 9780470900307), a new book by Donalyn Miler with Susan Kelly. 

In READING IN THE WILD, Miller, whose Texas middle-school students read forty or more books a year and regularly score high on the state’s standardized tests, shares a multitude of granular strategies teachers can use in their classrooms to get children hooked on reading. In the pages of READING IN THE WILD (which, incidentally, you won’t want to stop turning) Miller discusses:


• The “anatomy” of the wild reader, and how to foster these traits in students

• Why instilling lifelong reading habits in children should be a primary educational goal

• Strategies to help teachers fit “wild reading” into class schedules

• How to build and maintain an inviting classroom library

• Tactics to help students select books they’ll enjoy and keep track of their reading habits

• The importance of plugging students into “reading communities”

• Strategies to involve parents in helping busy students squeeze in some reading—especially during the “edge” times that bracket their daily commitments

• …and much more

Reading is a valuable and timeless skill, but helping children learn to love it in a digital society requires new tactics. READING IN THE WILD steps into that void by giving teachers the tools they’ll need to navigate the important task of drawing out and affirming the reader in each child.