Literacy experts Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell maintain that when we build on children's key strengths and immerse them in an intellectually invigorating, emotionally nurturing, literature-rich community, we grow "super readers"avid readers who consume texts with passion, understanding, and a critical eye.
Organized around the 7 Strengths inherent in super readers (belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope), this powerful resource helps children:
• Develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
• Learn comprehension strategies
• Build a robust vocabulary
• Deepen analytical prowess and an ability to talk and write about text
• Develop empathy, a strong identity as a reader, and an expanded understanding of the world
Featuring stirring reading and writing lessons, robust assessment tools, ready-to-share Family Guides, and embedded videos that illuminate the 7 strengths and more, Every Child a Super Reader shows teachers, parents, caregivers, and out-of-school providers why reading is the ultimate super power, opening a world of possible for every student.
"This practical guide reminds educators that the most powerful way to promote independent learning, critical thinking, and higher order skills is by helping every child to become an avid reader. Pam and Ernest’s advice is clear and sound, and their insights are illuminating. For educators who want to help children develop a love of learning, this book is an invaluable resource."
- Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Education
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
"It’s not overstatement: every (yes, every) child can be a self-propelled super reader. Allyn and Morrell provide you with the tips to turn your kids into readers for life. Hint: It involves great books!"
- James Patterson
"We know that it is essential to teach students reading knowledge, skills, and strategies explicitly, but too often we forget that it is also essential to develop students’ curiosity, compassion, courage, and other personal and social values. Allyn and Morrell remind us of this quite powerfully, with many concrete practices we can use in and outside of classrooms. Learn how powerful readers—and reading education—can become. "
- Nell K. Duke, University of Michigan