Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers (Paperback)
When teaching reading, American classrooms often focus exclusively on skills instruction. But how can you teach the “how” without the “why?” In his new book, Igniting a Passion for Reading, Steve Layne shows teachers how to develop readers who are not only motivated to read great books, but also love reading in its own right. Packed with practical ways to engage and inspire readers from kindergarten through high school, this book is a “must-have” on every teacher’s professional book shelf.
Well-known for his children’s books, young adult novels, and keynote speeches across the nation and around the world, Steve, aka Dr. Read, offers teachers everywhere a plan for engaging even the most reluctant reader. From read-alouds to creating reading lounges to author visits and so much more, this book will help schools create a vibrant reading culture. The book also includes reminiscences from many of today’s well-known children’s and young adult authors—Mem Fox, Sharon Draper, Steven Kellogg, Candace Fleming, Eric Rohman, Neal Shusterman, and Joan Bauer—about the teacher who ignited their passion for reading.
Written with humor, grace, and poignancy, Igniting a Passion for Reading will have a profound effect on the teaching of reading in our nation’s schools.
About the Author
Dr. Steven L. Layne serves as Chair of Graduate Programs in Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses at both the Master and Doctoral level. He is a fifteen-year veteran of public education, serving as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in a wide span of grade levels.
Steve is a respected literacy consultant, motivational keynote speaker, and featured author, working with large numbers of educators and children during school visits and at conferences held throughout the world each year. His work has been recognized with awards for outstanding contributions to the fields of educational research, teaching, and writing from organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, the Illinois Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Illinois Reading Council, and the International Literacy Association.
"I couldn’t get enough of what Dr. Layne was saying and found myself yelling out, 'Yes! I’ve been telling people this.' This is a must have title for school, classroom teacher, and library collections." - School Library Journal
"If you are a teacher, a librarian, a parent- anyone who wants to get kids reading more- then you need to get your hand on Steven Layne's book. I knew I would like the book as soon as I saw the title, but I had no idea how improtant it would be. It has earned itself a place of honor on my professional book shelf." - The Reading Zone blog
"I think this is an extremely important book for our times. Igniting a Passion for Reading reminds us of what is truly important about teaching and learning." - Room 241 blog
"The suggestions are quick and easy, and for a teacher who really wants her children to leave her class with a love of reading, this book is a gold mine!" - Timmons Times blog