I finally bought a copy of Kelly Gallagher‘s Readicide. I wish I had read it sooner so that I could have joined in the VoiceThread and the English Companion Ning discussions. However, I have it now and want to promote it to anyone working with K-12 students! In less than 150 pages, the author clearly explains “how schools are killing reading and what you can do about it.”
If you are at a site that does not support a minimum of 15 minutes per day of silent sustained reading – read this book.
If you are at a site that mandates a reading anthology exclusively, at the cost of removing novels – read this book.
If you are looking for strategies to engage students in literature and promote a life-long love of reading – read this book.
With so many thought-provoking ideas, powerful strategies, and even links to the supporting research that are applicable to elementary through high school readers, Readicide would make for a great faculty book club read. I’ll leave you with Kelly’s closing words:
If we are to find our way again – if students are to become avid readers again – we, as language arts teachers, must find our courage to recognize the difference between the political worlds and the authentic worlds in which we teacher, to swim against those current educational practices that are killing young readers, and to step up and do what is right for our students.
We need to find this courage. Today. Nothing less than a generation of readers hangs in the balance.”