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Dr. Steven L. Layne is a respected literacy professor, teacher and consultant, highly motivational keynote speaker, and popular author. With more than 15 years of education experience, he has served as a classroom teacher and reading specialist for grades 2‑8. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association. He has won numerous awards for his work, including an award from the Milken Foundation. Steven is the author of more than 28 books, including multiple-award-winning titles in both the picture book and young adult genres. His professional books for educators include the highly acclaimed Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers and In Defense of Read-Aloud.
As accountability measures for schools and teachers continue to grow, instructional practice is under the microscope. The practice of reading aloud to children may be viewed by some educators as an “extra”—a bit of fluff used solely for the purposes of enjoyment or filling a few spare minutes, but researchers and practitioners stand in solidarity: the practice of reading aloud throughout the grades is not only viable but also best practice. In Defense of Read-Aloud: Sustaining Best Practices, author Steven Layne reinforces readers’ confidence to continue the practice of reading aloud and presents the research base to defend the practice in grades K–12. Layne also offers significant practical insights to strengthen instructional practice—answering the questions of “Why should we?” and “How should we?”—and provides practical advice about how to use read-alouds most effectively.
Leading researchers in the field of literacy provide position statements, authors of professional books share insights on books they have loved, leaders of the largest literacy organizations in the United States write about their favorite read-alouds, award-winning authors of children’s and young adult book (Katherine Paterson, Andrew Clements, Lois Lowry, to name a few) share the powerful behind-the-scenes stories of their greatest books, and real classroom teachers and librarians speak about books that have “lit up” their classrooms and libraries around the world. Last but not least, In Defense of Read-Aloudfeatures many great recommendations of books to share with children.
Read-aloud is an essential practice in teaching literacy in grades K–12. In this book, Steven Layne has provided everything needed to support, sustain, and celebrate the power of read-aloud.
Igniting a Passion for Reading
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: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers, 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, "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. Each chapter is introduced by well-known children's and young adult author, including Joan Bauer, Neal Shusterman, Steven Kellogg, Sharon Draper, and more.
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.
Life's Literacy Lessons
This poignant collection of stories and poems honors literacy educators for the often difficult and always essential work they do with students of all ages. A well-loved classic, Life's Literacy Lessons, is back in print by popular demand and now includes stories as well as new poems. From reading aloud to grammar, from handwriting to standards, Steven Layne highlights the tears and laughter, the challenges and rewards that inspire today's teachers. And Steven reveals his motivation—the events, words, and thoughts that led him to capture his musings in verse and prose. Whether you read them to inspire or entertain, these delightful poems and stories are sure to capture your imagination.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion