Thursday, October 11, 2012

Asking for some recommendations

I have been looking into a few books to read in order to help myself become better at small group instruction as well as instilling a love of reading into my class. I love to read (and really wish someone would pay me to do it... but that is a whole different dilemma) and it just breaks my heart to see kids that don't know how to love to read. Most of my kids will just open their book to any random page, read it, and then when their time is up just close it. It kills me that they don't know how to truly enjoy a chapter book. It also doesn't help having only 5 minutes to pick a book when they go to the library (but again- another dilemma entirely). So here it my question...

I have been looking at The Book Whisperer, The Daily Five, and The Cafe Book, and just recently Reading with Meaning. Now, I don't have a lot of time as it is, so which do you suggest I read first and why? Or are there any of these that you suggest I skip right over? Our B&N is having educator days this weekend so I would like to pick up whatever is suggested and would really appreciate all the input I can get. Or do you have a different book you highly suggest and why?

As a thank you to anyone who replies (with a meaningful reply- I really need reasons for why I should pick that book) by Friday night, I will email you all 3 of my new Fall related activities. Just leave your email address in the comments (in this format ginaATyahooDOTcom to prevent spam) and I will get these three things to you this weekend.


  1. Gina,
    I have worked in a school that did the Daily 5 and CAFE program, which worked really well as a whole school program. I don't have the guts to implement it in my own classroom because I feel it's a program that I would need a lot of support with the first few years. I've never heard it associated with teaching kids a "love of reading," however.

    If your main goal is to get kids excited about reading, I would really recommend "The Book Whisperer." I read it last fall for the exact same reason and I learned a lot of great tips and tricks. She has the ability to create her own reading curriculum for the most part, which I am not fortunate enough to be able to do, so I couldn't use all of her suggestions. There were a lot of practices I picked up from that book including the daily reading check and the book "talks". I have seen a difference since last year in how much my kids love to read. Don't know if that's directly related to my implementation of those strategies or not, but I feel it has had a positive effect on our classroom reading attitude.

    Hope my two cents will help you out!
    Classroom Compulsion

  2. The Book Whisperer is the best for the straight-up love of reading. It was an easy read and really motivated me. That said, it's not really so much an easy-to-implement program for your classroom, so keep that in mind.

    I found The Daily 5 to be kind of a boring read, just because the blog world had already pretty much told me what it was all about. I do think it has led to my students enjoying reading more, though, just because we have built up stamina to read a LOT. My kids are getting lots of direct READING time, and they're discovering they like it more than they realized. I think CAFE helps me think of specific strategies to teach, and I like posting them in the room, but I don't think it is really a 'love of reading' booster, especially.

    I haven't read Reading with Meaning, but I can say I KNOW the Book Whisperer would really get you jazzed to make your kids love reading!

    Hope that helps! :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  3. I read part of the book whisper this summer and what i implemented was a reading interest survey..I tweaked it a bit to fit my kiddos, I also implemented the way I introduced my classroom library..we had a book frenzy :), those two things have made the BIGGEST difference.

    I also read parts of daily 5 but got most info from blog hopping. It has also made a BIG difference as kiddos have a choice..I only use read to self, word work and listen to reading.

    I disagree with an earlier comment as I am the only teacher brave enough to use Daily 5 in my school and probably few in my district as we have a basal and guided reading guided reading material is set in stone but what students are working on during non-group time is flexible.

    Rock Stars At Work

  4. Oops forgot my email :)



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