Books in Their Hands: Why & How Thoughts
Ultimately, we want to develop deeper understanding of how to guide students to books which not only help them become stronger readers but draw them into reading as a habit, an oasis, a lighthouse.
Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell (1999) steer our thinking further: “Matching books to readers depends on three interrelated sets of understandings, all of which are critical to effective teaching:
* Knowing the readers.
* Knowing the texts.
* Understanding the reading process.”
One of the bravest and wisest books about guiding students to books is Beyond Leveled Books: Supporting Early and Transitional Readers in Grades K – 5 by Karen Szymusiak, Franki Sibberson, Franki, and Lisa Kock, Lisa (2008). I also greatly admire and find myself returning to Teri Lesene's (2003) Making the Match: The Right Book for the Right Reader at the Right Time, Grades 4-12 time and time again.
Books in Their Hands, Words in Their Hearts
Like Cinderella’s shoe or Goldilock’s search for the “just right” chair, a good fit between reader and book is essential to support students’ comprehension, confidence, and motivation. Looking for book matching/book leveling resources? Here are some helpful web databases to support your work. Happy reading!
Surfing for BOOKS!
For updated book lists and resources or to add your ideas to our list, please visit this BLOG @ laurabensonopenbook.blogspot.com/ and/or e-mail me to continue our conversation.
Choice Literacy http://www.choiceliteracy.com/ [*For ongoing discussions about book matching as well as incredible bibliographies for students and for us]
Carol’s Corner http://carolwscorner.blogspot.com/ [One of my all time favorite book mentors, Carol Wilcox, a dear friend and incredible educator, created this blog to share her devotion to books, books, books. It is always worth reading Carol’s book recommendations and reflections!]
Leveling Tool http://www.heinemannclassroom.com/tools/levels.asp
Book Level Equivalencies Chart http://www.leveledbooks.com/equivalency.htm
Scholastic Teacher Book Wizard http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homePage.do
Beaverton Schools, Oregon http://registration.beavton.k12.or.us/lbdb/
Portland Public Schools, Oregon
Fountas-Pinnell Leveling Books Website (membership fee + $.75 per "hit")
Fountas-Pinnell Leveled Booklist, K-8 2005-2008 (printed text; $40)
Children's Book Reviews [Pre-K to 9th grade] http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/gradetitles.html
Caldecott Medal Books http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.htm
Caldecott Winners List (1938- present)
Newbery Medal Books
Newbery Medal and Honor Books (1922-present) http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/newberymedal/newberyhonors/newberymedal.htm
RIF Reading is Fundamental- booklists http://www.rif.org/parents/
Library of Congress: Book-Promoting Organizations http://www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/partners.html
READING PLANET http://www.rif.org/readingplanet/
A Year of Reading http://www.readingyear.blogspot.com/
The Boy Reader http://www.theboyreader.blogspot.com/
CONTENT AREA LEARNING RESOURCES
Literacy Matters www.literacymatters.org/teachers
Making Sense in Social Studies (and other content areas, too) http://www.readingquest.org/
Montgomery County Schools http://www.mciu.org/
New York Times www.newyorktimes.com/learning
*More to come!