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

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

Donalyn Miller, Susan Kelley (With)

ISBN: 978-0-470-90030-7

Nov 2013

304 pages

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$22.95

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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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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

“…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