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"Reading is a provocative act; it makes things happen." "It is a fact of our psychological make-up that we cannot read anything without experiencing some kind of response." "If we are forced to read as a duty, expecting no delight, we are likely to find it a boring business." "We cannot easily read for ourselves what we haven't heard said." "Some people say they don't like r "Reading is a provocative act; it makes things happen." "It is a fact of our psychological make-up that we cannot read anything without experiencing some kind of response." "If we are forced to read as a duty, expecting no delight, we are likely to find it a boring business." "We cannot easily read for ourselves what we haven't heard said." "Some people say they don't like reading stories, but I've never come across anyone who doesn't like hearing one." With such forthright statements Aidan Chambers ensures that The Reading Environment will make things happen about the ways reading is presented in schools. For Chambers, reading is a life-enhancing occupation, not a pastime. Drawing memorably on his own experience as a teacher and a reader, he offers a multitude of stimulating ideas for opening the rewards of thoughtful reading to all children. Concerned with the practical aspects of creating an environment that supports children as they become readers, he provides suggestions on school book fairs and displays, reading areas, author visits, and book selection. But having enabled children to become readers is only part of the issue, and he also addresses ways of keeping track of children's reading and helping them develop responses to what they read. Concise and elegantly written, The Reading Environment will be a valuable book for preservice and inservice teachers, and its distinctive blend of reflective and active comment make it an enlightening reminder to parents, media specialists, and librarians. Tell Me: Children, Reading, and Talk is the companion volume to The Reading Environment.


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"Reading is a provocative act; it makes things happen." "It is a fact of our psychological make-up that we cannot read anything without experiencing some kind of response." "If we are forced to read as a duty, expecting no delight, we are likely to find it a boring business." "We cannot easily read for ourselves what we haven't heard said." "Some people say they don't like r "Reading is a provocative act; it makes things happen." "It is a fact of our psychological make-up that we cannot read anything without experiencing some kind of response." "If we are forced to read as a duty, expecting no delight, we are likely to find it a boring business." "We cannot easily read for ourselves what we haven't heard said." "Some people say they don't like reading stories, but I've never come across anyone who doesn't like hearing one." With such forthright statements Aidan Chambers ensures that The Reading Environment will make things happen about the ways reading is presented in schools. For Chambers, reading is a life-enhancing occupation, not a pastime. Drawing memorably on his own experience as a teacher and a reader, he offers a multitude of stimulating ideas for opening the rewards of thoughtful reading to all children. Concerned with the practical aspects of creating an environment that supports children as they become readers, he provides suggestions on school book fairs and displays, reading areas, author visits, and book selection. But having enabled children to become readers is only part of the issue, and he also addresses ways of keeping track of children's reading and helping them develop responses to what they read. Concise and elegantly written, The Reading Environment will be a valuable book for preservice and inservice teachers, and its distinctive blend of reflective and active comment make it an enlightening reminder to parents, media specialists, and librarians. Tell Me: Children, Reading, and Talk is the companion volume to The Reading Environment.

30 review for The Reading Environment: How Adults Help Children Enjoy Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tamsin

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Chambers walks us through the journey of reading a book and things to consider when teaching to make the most out of it for everyone involved. He discusses how important it is, how it works and what is needed to sustain and encourage the best reading environment- whether that be displays, a reading corner, and storytelling etc. He also looks at how reading has involved into interactive, digital formats and questions, 'what is a book?' as a result, amongst othe I really enjoyed reading this book. Chambers walks us through the journey of reading a book and things to consider when teaching to make the most out of it for everyone involved. He discusses how important it is, how it works and what is needed to sustain and encourage the best reading environment- whether that be displays, a reading corner, and storytelling etc. He also looks at how reading has involved into interactive, digital formats and questions, 'what is a book?' as a result, amongst other important topics. This book has opened my eyes and has really given me the drive to make sure children read, but also, the need/want to read as much as I can to encourage the children and even adults to expand their minds and use their imaginations more. I like the suggestions Chambers notes throughout the book, offering practical advice to aid in the mission of getting children to read more. From reading this book, I am really keen to join a little book club to get together, discuss and find different interpretations of childrens' literature to share with others.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kokelector

    Un libro de consejos prácticos para la promoción de la lectura dentro de escuelas y para niños que comienzan a conocer los libros. Si bien, es un libro que más bien funciona como manual de la promoción de la lectura, entrega ideas, ayudas y consejos para promocionar la lectura como espacio de esparcimiento y conocimiento. Desde los clubes de lectura, las exhibiciones, del “boca a boca”, hasta las mismas ferias de libros como forma de generar interés por la lectura; Chambers intenta poner sobre e Un libro de consejos prácticos para la promoción de la lectura dentro de escuelas y para niños que comienzan a conocer los libros. Si bien, es un libro que más bien funciona como manual de la promoción de la lectura, entrega ideas, ayudas y consejos para promocionar la lectura como espacio de esparcimiento y conocimiento. Desde los clubes de lectura, las exhibiciones, del “boca a boca”, hasta las mismas ferias de libros como forma de generar interés por la lectura; Chambers intenta poner sobre el papel ideas que permitan el interés en la literatura, en el momento que somos más dúctiles para nuevos comportamientos, la niñez. Es un libro muy rápido y de interés para todas y todos aquellos que quieren ser parte de la mediación de lectura.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Molina

    Excelente guía para profesores, profesionales del área y buenos lectores. Imprescindible. Pude sacar muy buenas ideas para la pega. Se puede leer en múltiples niveles, muchas veces con distintos objetivos.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terra

    (read in Dutch) It's easy written and very interesting to me. Some things seemed obvious to me but others I never really thought about. It's definitely worth a read. (read in Dutch) It's easy written and very interesting to me. Some things seemed obvious to me but others I never really thought about. It's definitely worth a read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Excelente recurso para los bibliotecarios escolares, sin importar los años de experiencia dentro de la biblioteca. Provee herramientas útiles y sencillas con el fin de promover el interés por la lectura entre niños y jóvenes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Lau

    I like what the author said about reading: "Forgetting is part of reading" - that encourages us to repeat what we have read, and don't need to feel discouraged when we forget all what we have read, as this is part of it. I like what the author said about reading: "Forgetting is part of reading" - that encourages us to repeat what we have read, and don't need to feel discouraged when we forget all what we have read, as this is part of it.

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    Em Tall

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    Jennifer Kenny

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    Erika Berg

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    Claudia Pastor

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    Adam Arzberger

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    Mariela Gaune

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