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Portrait of the Child as a Young Reader

Using profiling techniques, genre, collection familiarity and cool tools to connect young readers with books they will be intrinsically motivated to read.

Stacey Wicksall

on 24 August 2010

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Transcript of Portrait of the Child as a Young Reader

"...it is through books and reading
that students [children] become effective
users of ideas." Michael Eisenberg Our survival depends upon the ability
of our citizenry to be effective users of
ideas because this leads to knowledge creation,
innovation and PROSPERITY. SO: THE ARCS MODEL What is behind what we are going to do.
A little motivational theory to keep in mind. Validate their opinions and reflections. If you listen to what
they have to say, you will paint an even more accurate portrait next
time. A well-rendered portrait leads to trust in your recommendations and more books
being read.
Investigate for reading readiness:
what are you reading in school
do you know your lexile level or accelerated reader level
listen to what the adult with the child may be saying about the child's reading ability
five finger rule:
-TV shows
music, art,
-book you liked
-book you hated
-characters you like/
hate and why
-favorite author&why
-disliked author&why
-what kind of book do you
like (genre)
-what are you learning about in
school that you think is cool -what genre is it
-what types of activities/
actions are the characters
involved in
-where does it take place
-when does it take place
-is it a quick read/exciting
-what is the conflict in the
-gender of main character(s) The more
things that the
book and child
have in common,
the better a
match you will
have How To Get It: Indirect Ways To Do Reader's
If we catch them
when they're young,
we can help them become
avid readers for life. WHY??? If we paint a
decent portrait,
a child will find
reading satisfaction.
Portrait of the Child as
a Young
Reader AND: -find out what the major
curricular units are at local
schools and display related
material -host book clubs where
a book is read and discussed
and then the movie adaptation
is shown of the book -display books in interesting ways -costume parties
based on book
characters -blog about books and post your
own juvenile patrons' reviews on the
blog -use other web 2.0 tools like
LibraryThing or ShelfSafari to
get kids talking to each other
and recommending good books -have art shows
that involve
kids drawing
scenes for fave books -have a book slam
where kids book
talk their favorite
book to their peers;
the child whose book
receives the most
holds wins -make a book tree that has ornaments made
from miniature copies of book covers
and write book annotations on back Examples of Kids and Books: #1- Juan -likes sports, especially
-knows he reads at a third
to fourth grade level
-hates stories with females in
main character roles, prefers
all the characters to be male
-likes the story to be realistic
-wants a lot of action so the
book goes fast
-loved the movie: "The Sandlot" What would you suggest? Dealing with his parents' divorce
and a move to NJ is challenging. So
is becoming a pitcher on the baseball
team with an overly involved dad. A
book with realistic circumstances and
lots of baseball action. How about a baseball mystery
that involves siblings trying to
figure out why a baseball coach
is cheating. The book does have
characters of both genders, but the
mystery revolves around baseball and
is not too far-fetched. This could
open Juan up to reading a series, too. Matt Christopher books
are always a good choice for
kids that love sports. This one,
that has a mom coaching a team
and that team winning the pennant,
might influence this young reader to
be more open about female
characters in books. #2- Zaria -loves the Harry Potter Series, but just finished the last book
-excellent reading ability
-hates it when a story has nothing magical in it
-likes to be surprised by things happening in the book, likes unusual creatures
-the fatter the book the better Many readers that have a taste for the highly fantastic enjoy the classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series because it includes a world full of magical elements, but child characters that they can relate to. Gregor discovers he is
part of a prophecy linked to the secret Underworld, a world where humans varmints coexist, and his role in this alternate world will help solve the mystery of his missing father.
What if your grandmother's birthday present to you was a chance to find out if you are a magician? Gwynn receives an odd assortment of items that will foretell if he has inherited a magical destiny. #3 Joey What would you suggest? -Joey always has a
smile on his face and loves
to tell jokes
-his favorite: Diary of a Wimpy
kid because it is realistic and
-enjoys illustrations in books
-a big fan of the font looking
like writing or printing rather
than like typing
-hates Harry Potter type stuff
because it's not believable and because
"Who has time to read books that fat?" What would you suggest? Wallace Wallace turns punishment into
opportunity and creates a rocking good
version of a play that has an ending he
objects to. Korman books appeal to kids
with a sense of humor about real-life
situations and conflicts. Nerdy kids turn qualities once
percieved as liabilities into super-powers
in order to work for a highly secret
division of the CIA/FBI. The book details
a series of hijinks that are as easy to
relate to as they are to laugh at!

Melonhead finds himself
in all kinds of precarious
pickles that are hysterically
funny. Have you ever seen a kid
getting rescued from a tree by
the jaws of life? #4 Samantha -has devoured all of the
RL Stine books you own
-also devoured the "Dare
to Be Scared" books
-not interested in funny
or futuristic things
-likes a book that makes
her feel creepy
-old-fashioned or current
-doesn't care what gender
the characters are, so long
as the story has a high fear
factor What would you suggest? Usually, houses are haunted,
NOT dollhouses. The dolls are
haunting Amy because they have
something important to tell her
about the death of her great,
great grandparents. A chilling tale
that resolves well. Bruchac takes an age-old
Mohawk tale about a man who
eats everyone in his village (including
himself), and puts a creepy, modern
day twist on it. Mary Downing Hahn writes
books that satisfy the ghouliest,
creepiest desires of both boys
and girls. I have found that her
supernatural tales are a natural
progression for many fans that
need to move beyond Goosebumps. #5 Sean -not a fan of reading
-his favorite subject in
school is art and he loves
to read comic books
-absolutely hates sports and
gym class

What would you suggest? A highly creative graphic
novel series that portrays
a dragon that attends school
and has friends that are sea
creatures and reptiles. Engaging illustrations and funny stories. What if you could get sucked
into the world of a comic book?
That is exactly what happens in
this book, but the characters do
not find themselves in any ordinary
comic book...this is a sinister world
littered with evil trick and traps. A
second book in the series is due October
1st. Will the kids ever get out of this sinister world alive? This award winning book
offers a cinematic experience.
Readers must process both the
text and black and white illustrations in order to follow
the unfolding, mysterious and
highly imaginative story. Emmy #6 -likes to laugh...a lot
-hates girly girl stories
-likes boys as main characters
because she has three brothers,
but girls are fine, too (so long
as they're not into clothes, boysm
dolls and tea parties-YUCK)
-likes to be disgusted
-really enjoyed Captain Underpants
series, but she has read them all
What would you suggest? The Lunch Lady series dishes up some delicious action as lunchroom friends band together with a lunch lady that secretly fights crime. Exciting, silly and quick to read. Stone Rabbit gets sucked into a worm-hole that plunks him into prehistoric time. A zany adventure full of crazy danger and hilarious antics! What do these children
do when confronted with
parents that wish to be rid
of them and an odious nanny?
A funny tale that will conclude
in a most unexpected, but
most definitely, silly manner.
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