We hear too often that kids don’t read any more: Kenny Pieper thinks it should be every teacher’s mission to prove this isn’t true. In a squeezed curriculum it can be tempting to accept pupils’ lack of reading and make excuses that there is not enough time to devote to the ‘luxury’ of personal reading, but teachers do this at their peril. Reading is essential to literacy development as well as being a skill, hobby and habit that we can take with us forever.
Kenny teaches kids whose lives are terrifying obstacle courses of reading-related problems. They know they struggle with reading. Everything that happens in their day-to-day existence reminds them of this. They know that not being able to read well differentiates them from most of their peers; it leaves them isolated and lost. They try to avoid reading at all costs. This is where teachers come in: their role is critical in giving all children the gift of being able to read well.
Kenny also encounters pupils who can read perfectly well but choose not to, unconvinced of the importance of reading in their lives. What difference does it make to them? They have to answer that question in school. Teachers have a duty to put an end to illiteracy and aliteracy. Kids need reading role models and that role model is their teacher, who may be the only adult a reluctant reader will ever see reading.
The benefits we can all reap when kids become confident readers who read for pleasure are obvious. Kenny Pieper has gathered a range of tried-and-tested strategies to get kids reading, and enjoying it. Discover strategies which will get kids talking about books, get them thinking about books, get them reading books, encourage independent reading, develop literacy skills and establish a classroom culture where reading is expected and celebrated.
Suitable for upper primary and secondary teachers, leaders and SENCOs, or just anyone with an interest or a role in getting kids to read for pleasure.