REFORMA Newsletter

REFORMA Newsletter

REFORMA Newsletter


Reading and Reader Development

Reading and Reader Development

Reading and Reader Development

Reader development focuses on readers rather than reading skills. The purposes of reader development are to enhance the reading experience, to make it a more pleasurable and creative act for the reader; to increase people's confidence in their reading; and to make reading a more communal activity by bringing readers together to share their experiences. The focus of reader development is pleasure reading, which the authors interpret as reading fiction. They observe that public libraries were not at the forefront of this movement, but librarians are responding by changing library culture to focus on readers rather than books. The ways in which librarians responded and additional responses they could undertake are described within the context of the broader social movements in the United Kingdom to promote reader development. Three themes dominate the chapters. First, the authors tirelessly celebrate reading. Reading is good. Reading will make one happy. Reading elevates. The second theme is opportunism. If society is paying attention to reading, librarians should get on board and seize the opportunity to build their status and to secure the place of libraries as critically important institutions. The third theme is social inclusiveness. Librarians should always keep in mind the political dimensions of public library service and assure that all sectors of the populations share in the benefits of library service. Readers in search of guidance concerning what librarians should do will find plenty of that here. (EDITOR).

Bean Soup

Bean Soup

Bean Soup

What ingredients are needed to make a nourishing bean soup? Appealing text and illustrations will draw emergent readers into the story. Pairs with the nonfiction title Let's Look at Beans.

Nesting Places

Nesting Places

Nesting Places

Reading Level: 2; Colour Wheel: Magenta. Sails Literacy Series - developed by leading New Zealand educationalists and authors Jill Eggleton and Jo Windsor. The Sails Literacy Series is the perfect resource for Guided Reading and Writing, Reciprocal Reading and Independent Reading. The engaging visuals and subjects will motivate your students to read for pleasure and for information. At the Emergent level, opportunity is provided for children to learn and practise high-frequency words required to start the reading process. Students need to be aware of visual information in texts and to be able to interpret the meaning. Simple visual information is introduced for children to interpret - for example, speech bubbles, pictorial panels, simple maps, etc. The Sails series at this Emergent level has both fiction and non-fiction books, which use straightforward and meaningful language. The non-fiction books include an index to introduce and develop children's skills in accessing and retrieving information.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

While Mom makes pumpkin soup, Ravi prepares the pumpkin seeds. Lively text and illustrations will draw in beginning readers. Pairs with the nonfiction title Let's Look at Pumpkins.

Becoming a Teacher of Reading

Becoming a Teacher of Reading

Becoming a Teacher of Reading

For Introduction to Reading and Beginning Reading courses. This developmentally organized, constructivist reading methods book places the reader squarely in today's reading classroom, grounding theoretical discussion with self-regulating pedagogy and providing a wealth of actual classroom examples and activities. The result is a polished, engaging book that will quickly instill in future teachers the joy of helping children learn to read and read to learn. KEY TOPICS: Follows children's literacy progress as they develop from being early readers to being interpretive readers to being independent, critically thinking readers. It weaves together a discussion of skills, strategies, and assessment procedures, and connects ideas to Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards. Developmental organization reflects the way children's literacy evolves--divides coverage into Early Readers, Interpretive Readers, and Critical Readers, addressing key literacy topics as they affect each learning stage. MARKET: For future teachers who will teach beginning reading.

Biscuit s My First I Can Read Book Collection

Biscuit s My First I Can Read Book Collection

Biscuit s My First I Can Read Book Collection

Read along with Biscuit! Let Biscuit introduce your child to the joys of independent reading. The little puppy's gentle nature and playful ways have made I Can Read® Biscuit books favorites with over a million emergent readers. With three great titles in one handy package, this collection is perfect for the newest reader in your family!