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Kids & Family Reading Report

"In late 2015, Scholastic, in conjunction with YouGov, conducted a survey to explore family attitudes and behaviours in Australia around reading books for fun. The key findings of this research, based on a nationally representative sample of 1,748 parents and children, including 358 parents of children aged 0–5; 695 parents of children aged 6–17; plus one child aged 6–17 from the same household, are as follows ..."


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, June 12, 10:14 PM
Included in the key findings - "An overwhelming majority of kids aged 6–17 agree that their favourite books—and the ones they are most likely to finish—are the ones they pick out themselves".
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New Teen Books = The Hook

New Teen Books = The Hook | AdLit | Scoop.it

"As of right now, I have a book club formed with my students from tenth to twelve grade. They pick the books and we read them. Actually, they take turns choosing the books with the promise that we will finish any book that has been picked out of respect for the picker. In my place of work, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be trusted. I asked for a set of books, and if the budget allows, they are purchased. My closet consists of wonderful, new fiction and nonfiction that is written for a 21st century teenager."


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What do you think about independent reading?

What do you think about independent reading? | AdLit | Scoop.it

A lot of people—teachers included—like the idea of independent reading, or as it is sometimes called, sustained silent reading (SSR).  But when they see it in practice— well, it just doesn’t look like learning is supposed to look. Here’s the secret not everyone knows: independent reading is a key component of good teaching. Sure, the classroom may seem quiet, the students relaxed, but important work is going on inside the children’s heads. They are learning how to become good readers.


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Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books

Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Over the past 18 years, I’ve done my share of “traditional” teaching:  I chose a book, I decided how many pages my students would read each night, I wrote questions to see if they read the book..."


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Boy Books or Girl Books

Boy Books or Girl Books | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Shannon Hale offers insight (and, for this reader, at least, a touch of heartbreak) in her post, Why Boys Don't Read Girls (Sometimes). It's about boys reading “girl” books. A lot is written about reading, and boys reading, and girls reading. (See my post from a few months back, Boys, Girls, Books, for instance).

Hale addresses a specific issue: boys being taught by society that some books are too “girly” for them, that books are indeed either “girl books” or “boy books” and that this artificially keeps boys from reading books they would otherwise like."


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Jordan Brown: Writing for Boys

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"If a boy is told that reading a graphic novel isn't real reading--if reading is seen as work or punishment--who's going to start to think of something as enjoyment. If boys don't develop a love of reading, they're not going to get to any of those other books that people want them to read."


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Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels : NPR

Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels : NPR | AdLit | Scoop.it
"Summer, like youth, is fleeting. But the books we read when we're young can stay with us for a lifetime. Here's hoping that when the school bell rings in a few short weeks, it will find you engrossed in just such a memorable read, selected by the NPR audience. Enjoy."


"More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience."

 


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How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps

How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Today I was asked how I get my boys reading, and while I am not an expert, and some of them still don’t read as much I would love them to, I do have a few ideas.  (And yes, many of these apply to the girls as well)."


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, November 16, 2013 12:41 AM

Excellent tips from Pernille Ripp on encouraging boys (and girls) to read.

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Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | AdLit | Scoop.it

Here, we outline six elements of instruction that every child should experience every day. Each of these elements can be implemented in any district and any school, with any curriculum or set of materials, and without additional funds. All that's necessary is for adults to make the decision to do it.


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The (Reluctant) Reader’s Bill of Rights

The (Reluctant) Reader’s Bill of Rights | AdLit | Scoop.it
I love Daniel Pennac’s Reader’s Bill of Rights. In case you haven’t seen it in a while (as if you don’t already keep a copy in your back pocket at all times) here it is: 1. ...

 

The post and comments were written a few years ago but still very relevant.  Daniel Pennac's 'The rights of the reader' poster is freely available to download in pdf format from Walker Books -  http://www.walker.co.uk/bookshelf/the-rights-of-the-reader-poster.aspx


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Winning the reading war

Winning the reading war | AdLit | Scoop.it

"At school, reading books usually meant reading about characters I didn’t care about in situations that didn’t ignite my imagination. At home, my Dad tried to bribe me, offering an allowance based on a nightly page-count. He shared his childhood favourites like The Hardy Boys and the Tom Swift novels in an effort to inspire me through a type of intergenerational book club. I rarely made it past the first chapter of those books. They simply could not compete with the mythology and immersive worlds of the "Star Wars" films or even the "Transformers" television show.
But fortunately I did find my way into reading, and I can still clearly remember the two inflection points that fueled my transformation."

(The third factor implicit in this article is being given the opportunity to choose for oneself!)
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Michael Rosen: Reading for Pleasure Conference - first impressions

Michael Rosen: Reading for Pleasure Conference - first impressions | AdLit | Scoop.it

Michael Rosen gives wise commentary on some of the issues raised at this conference.
"... if you connect a reading for enjoyment programme across a whole school, connecting it to sheer volume of reading AND to rewards and awards decided by the authority of the school - no matter how kind or well-meaning - then the emphasis in the children's minds will not be on the two key aspects of reading that, I would say, would impact on writing: a) personal unravelling of meaning through silent reading b) open-ended, unrewarded, ungraded talk."


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Why boys' literacy skills lag behind girls' and how to bridge the reading gap

Why boys' literacy skills lag behind girls' and how to bridge the reading gap | AdLit | Scoop.it

Much of this is what we have been hearing forever, it seems, but make sure you get down to How To Bridge The Reading Gap. Noted literacy researcher, William Brozo, has some sensible ideas that work and are very replicable, including honouring personal choice of reading material.

..."Reluctant readers can be motivated by subjects that interest them."... 


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koalansw - Kids Own Australian Literature Awards

koalansw - Kids Own Australian Literature Awards | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards. By voting in the KOALA awards they can reward the Australian children's books that have most inspired, amused, terrified, enlightened and engaged them."

 

The shortlist for readers in Years 7 to 9 is a fabulous one this year. We are using it as a springboard for a new book group for years 7 and 8 boys and we have an enthusiastic starter group of 20 and growing.

 

For all age groups see the website.


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