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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
Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer

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In Reading in the Wild, reading expert Donalyn Miller continues the conversation that began in her bestselling book, The Book Whisperer. While The Book Whisperer revealed the secrets of getting students to love reading, Reading in the Wild, written with reading teacher Susan Kelley, describes how to truly instill lifelong "wild" reading habits in our students.

Based, in part, on survey responses from adult readers as well as students, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess five key reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Also included are strategies, lesson plans, management tools, and comprehensive lists of recommended books. Copublished with Editorial Projects in Education, publisher of Education Week and Teacher magazine, Reading in the Wild is packed with ideas for helping students build capacity for a lifetime of "wild" reading.

"When the thrill of choice reading starts to fade, it's time to grab Reading in the Wild. This treasure trove of resources and management techniques will enhance and improve existing classroom systems and structures."
Cris Tovani, secondary teacher, Cherry Creek School District, Colorado, consultant, and author of Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?

"With Reading in the Wild, Donalyn Miller gives educators another important book. She reminds us that creating lifelong readers goes far beyond the first step of putting good books into kids' hands."
Franki Sibberson, third-grade teacher, Dublin City Schools, Dublin, Ohio, and author of Beyond Leveled Books

"Reading in the Wild, along with the now legendary The Book Whisperer, constitutes the complete guide to creating a stimulating literature program that also gets students excited about pleasure reading, the kind of reading that best prepares students for understanding demanding academic texts. In other words, Donalyn Miller has solved one of the central problems in language education."
Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, University of Southern California

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Teri S. Lesesne xi

Introduction xvii

LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING 1

CHAPTER 1 Wild Readers Dedicate Time to Read 5

CREATING A WORKSHOP SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR YOU 37

CHAPTER 2 Wild Readers Self-Select Reading Material 42

CURATING A CLASSROOM LIBRARY 79

CHAPTER 3 Wild Readers Share Books and Reading with Other Readers 87

CONFERRING: WHAT’S THE POINT? 129

CHAPTER 4 Wild Readers Have Reading Plans 135

BUILDING A PERSONAL CANON 158

CHAPTER 5 Wild Readers Show Preferences 162

CODA 194

Appendix A: Reader’s Notebook Sheets 198

GENRE REQUIREMENTS GRAPH 199

MY READING LIST 200

BOOKS TO READ LIST 206

STATUS OF THE CLASS 207

Appendix B: Reading Habits Reflections 208

MY READING ITINERARY 209

MY SELECTION REFLECTION 214

MY READING INFLUENCES 217

Appendix C: Reading Habits Assessments 219

Appendix D: Reading Habits Surveys 222

WILD READER SURVEY 223

END-OF-YEAR READING HABITS SURVEY 227

END-OF-YEAR READING PREFERENCES SURVEY 231

Appendix E: Students’ Favorite Titles and Series 234

References 248

Acknowledgments 254

About the Authors 258

About the Sponsor 259

Index 260

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Author Information

Donalyn Miller, known as "The Book Whisperer" for her insightful advice on what students like to read and how to foster independent reading, teaches language arts and social studies at Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Susan Kelley
has taught reading for over thirty years and currently teaches language arts and social studies at Trinity Meadows Intermediate in Keller, Texas.

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Reviews

“…extended information here that applies to today’s Common Core Standards-based classroom environment,…this work is jam-packed  with highly useful information that is adaptable for various grade levels and teaching styles….essential for the practitioner or preparing practitioner looking for verified approaches to reading that will engage all students.”—Library Journal, December 2013

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Press Release

February 07, 2014
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.

 

 

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