The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo
This book has 300 reading strategies for a variety of goals such as comprehension, fluency, and literary analysis. The strategies are laid out in a colorful lesson plan format, organized by level, and is easy to navigate and access to meet the reader’s needs. Many teachers want examples of strategies to use in their classrooms, and this book would provide targeted strategies for each reader!
The Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson
This book includes focused assessments and targeted lessons to help every student become a better reader. This book is helpful because the essential components of an effective guided reading lesson are identified and laid out in lesson plan formats. This will provide teachers the format and expectations in their guided reading lessons that include specific strategies students need and the use of guided writing. There are also detailed lessons for readers from emergent through proficient.
Conferring with Readers by Jennifer Serravallo
This book describes the importance of one-to-one conferences and shows you how to confer well. It serves as a guide for conferences to determine what readers have learned and what they need to practice, then provides suggestions to target instruction to meet students’ needs. This would be a great book to use to demonstrate the value of conferring with readers and give ways to implement successful conferring in the classroom using the frameworks in this book.
Teaching Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo
This book helps to demonstrate the other types of groups in the classroom. The author shows you how to use formative assessment to create groups of readers with common needs, how to differentiate within a group, and how to enhance Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction. This book would be helpful to those implementing strategy groups and other small groups within their literacy block.
A Guide to the Reader’s Workshop by Lucy Calkins (K-2 and 3-5 editions)
Lucy Calkins writes the Units of Study for Teaching Reading. This book, A Guide to the Reader’s Workshop, is included in the units of study but can also be purchased separately. The thing I like about this book is it outlines how the reader’s workshop should be set up in the classroom. It helps you set the stage for implementing a successful reader’s workshop in the classroom. There is a book for grades K-2 and a book for grades 3-5.
Interactive Read Alouds by Linda Hoyt
Interactive Read Alouds are an awesome addition to the literacy block. These books are organized by grade level. Each book contains standards-based lessons around classic books including a shared reading and reader’s theater script. This book would be a great resource for teachers to use when beginning to integrate IRA’s into their classrooms.
I Am Reading by Kathy Collins and Matt Glover
This book focuses on real reading and fostering a love of reading in children and not just focus on reading levels. The authors show how to nurture and instruct young readers to make meaning in any text. This is a great book for the primary teachers to remember the importance of getting the students to love reading and not just push them forward to higher reading levels.
Notice & Note by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst
This book is aimed towards upper elementary. It focuses on encouraging students to read closely and teaching readers to be alert to significant moments in texts. It outlines close reading strategies that allows readers to question, explore, and find evidence to support their thoughts. This book discusses text-dependent questions and models lessons that help you introduce their “6 signposts” to help readers understand and respond to texts.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
This book is about a girl who hides her inability to read as she goes from new school to new school. She is afraid to ask for help and thinks something is wrong with her. Her teacher helps boost her confidence and discover a world open with possibilities. I think this book is great because it helps put into perspective how our students may feel if they struggle with reading. It is an inspiring book to get you inspired to teach reading!
Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
This leveling system comes in two kits, one for grades K-2 and one for
3-5. It is used to find student’s independent and instructional reading level. This kit has two books at each level, one fiction and one non-fiction. The teacher takes a running record while the student reads and there are comprehension questions provided at the end. This leveling system is very helpful to use as a benchmark to see where kids are at. You are able to see what level kids should be reading at independently and where you should be instructing them, as well as analyze the errors they are making and their comprehension skills.