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Reading Leaders Resources

Our Reading Leaders draw widely from experts in student literacy and the literature and articles they produce. This page aggregates the resources that our Reading Leaders feel provide insight, support and ideas for how to excite children about reading and how best to help them on their reading journey.

The Book Whisperer

by Donalyn Miller, 2009

Summary:

Donalyn Miller is a classroom teacher who encourages students to discover a love of reading which impacts strongly on student success.

A must read. This book supports reading by encouraging students and making books the heroes, not reading programs.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.


Igniting a Passion for Reading

by Steven L Layne, 2009

Summary:

This book goes a step further than The Book Whisperer as it encourages students to be “lifelong” readers even after they have left your class/school.

This is a useful reference which provided strategies to encourage your students to develop lifelong reading habits.

We used a reading log and a “Someday Book List” as suggested in the book.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.


Reading in the Wild

by Donalyn Miller, 2013

Summary:

Donalyn Miller is a classroom teacher who encourages students to discover a love of reading which impacts strongly on student success.

This book goes a step further than The Book Whisperer as it encourages students to be “lifelong” readers even after they have left your class/school.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.


The Reading Zone

by Nancie Atwell, 2007

Summary:

This book encourages a love for reading and establishes the top ten conditions for engaging all students in reading.

The whole book is very useful for ideas about establishing a passionate reading classroom. I was influenced strongly by the “One-to-One” chapter about reading journals and conferences.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.


SSR with Intervention

by Leslie Preddy, 2007

Summary:

This book shows how the teacher librarian and the class teacher can positively make an impact on the reading classroom.

This book was a great resource for me and was one of the biggest impacts on how I organised the reading program. Although the author talks about American high schools, the ideas are adaptable for any age level.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.


Building Comprehension Strategies for the Primary Years

by Dr Alison Davis, 2011

Summary:

Building Comprehension Strategies focuses on the strategies used to successfully develop the comprehension ability of primary school students.

This is a practical resource for teachers that is easy to use and has hands-on elements for the practitioner. It is also a useful guide for Literacy leaders to implement professional learning.

Provided by Sandra Hodge-Neill, Hawker Primary School.


Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies

by Sheena Cameron, 2009

Summary:

Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies is a step-by-step guide based on the latest reading comprehension research and is the result of Sheena’s learning journey into research-based practice and her experiences teaching in a real classroom.

This is a wonderful and practical resource for teachers to use in their classroom across the primary years. The book has student friendly-support material. The CD has all the photocopy masters and support materials in digital format, which is a hit with busy practitioners.

Provided by Sandra Hodge-Neill, Hawker Primary School.


Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics: Primary National Strategy

by Department for Education and Skills, UK Government, 2007

Summary:

Letters and Sounds manual has explicit instruction on how to teach the grapheme/phoneme progression of Letters and Sounds.

This is a useful resource for systematic, high quality teaching of (Synthetic) phonics for teachers. It is sequenced and systematic, with the view of moving from learning to read to reading to learn. It is set out in six phases that are developmental and flexible to meet the varied capabilities in early years. It focuses on reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding) as reversible processes. It also takes the view of phonics as a means to an end, that is, phonics needs to be taught systematically and alongside comprehension. It is supportive of the Early Years Learning Framework. It has practical strategies, clear sequence and assessment resources.

Provided by Sandra Hodge-Neill, Hawker Primary School.


Strategies for Reading Success

by Marcelle Holliday, 2008

Summary:

Reading is a thinking activity. Effective readers do more than decode the words in a text; they also think about what they read, and they know how to use their prior knowledge to access, understand, use and evaluate a text. This book shows teachers how to develop their students as effective readers; as 'literate thinkers'. The teaching strategies in this book will help students to decode texts (ie translate print to sound), and also show them how to apply ways of thinking about texts that will improve their comprehension and make them more effective as readers.

A practical resource for teachers that also has online links and learning objects. It is clearly set out under the four reader roles and has a table at the beginning that links you to teaching strategies in the book quickly and easily. It is user friendly, has clear purpose, has many practical strategies, suggests resources and much more.

Provided by Sandra Hodge-Neill, Hawker Primary School.


Reading Magic

by Mem Fox, 2001

Summary:

Mem Fox shares her experiences and advice on how reading aloud to children will positively influence their ability to read.

The whole book is very useful to share with parents especially those in the early years. Her 10 read-aloud commandments can be shared to assist parents with reading at home.

Provided by Lesley Gollan, WoodLinks State School.


Visible Learning for Literacy

by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie, 2016

Summary:

This book is based on John Hattie’s research that identifies strategies that have the biggest impact on a student’s learning in literacy.

This book is full of practical strategies and activities that teachers can use within their literacy blocks to move students from surface to deep learning. Hattie uses effect sizes as evidence to show the effectiveness of strategies and practices. Teachers are also able to access videos that accompany the text.

Provided by Lesley Gollan, WoodLinks State School.


Bringing Words to Life

by Isabel L Beck, Margaret G McKeown, Linda Kucan, 2013

Summary:

Beck, McKeown and Kucan use real life examples and introduce easy-to-implement strategies in the teaching of vocabulary.

This book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension. It provides opportunities for teachers to have a go at using the strategies within their own classrooms.

Provided by Lesley Gollan, WoodLinks State School.


Game Changer

by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp, 2018

Summary:

This book details clearly and simply what is possible when children gain access to books. The goal is simple—expanding the volume of reading that children do every day!

A balanced mix of research, testimonials and shared classroom experiences from a variety of educators make this a “must read”! I love the practical ideas that can be implemented directly into any class reading program.

Provided by Bronwen Loveday, Cherrybrook Public School.


Lighting the Literacy Fire

By Jill E Eggleton, 2010

Summary:

A book full of practical ideas for the organisation and implementation of comprehensive literacy teaching.

This is a “go-to” book for me. Simply presented with clear and precise strategies, it guarantees that teachers can find easy ways to implement their ideas into their daily teaching activities and teaching programs.

Provided by Bronwen Loveday, Cherrybrook Public School.


30 Strategies to Build Literacy Skills

By Eric Jensen and LeAnn Nickelson, 2014

Summary:

This book aims to help students “work smarter, not harder” and to become actively engaged in their own learning.

I have used this book a number of times and have found it to be an excellent resource for ideas and activities to support developing literacy skills.

Provided by Bronwen Loveday, Cherrybrook Public School.


The Shape of Text to Come

By Jon Callow, 2013

Summary:

A great book that provides a framework for understanding, analysing and creating visual and multimodal texts.

I love this book. For me it is a ‘bible”—showing the importance of understanding how visual images work. It also contains excellent ideas for activities to incorporate into reading programs.

Provided by Bronwen Loveday, Cherrybrook Public School.


For the Love of Reading

By Kaye Lowe, 2014

Summary:

This book focuses on “struggling” readers and works towards giving educators strategies and ideas to support their reading programs through multiple perspectives.

I have found this book useful when looking for approaches to assist our “developing” readers (as Donalyn Miller would say). It has great ideas for teachers and sound strategies for parents in helping their child at home on their reading journey. If I was to take only one message from this book, it would be the importance of reading aloud to children daily!

Provided by Bronwen Loveday, Cherrybrook Public School.