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Reading by Right: Successful Strategies To Ensure Every Child Can Read To Succeed

256p. chart. illus. index. photos. Facet. Jun. 2017. pap. $69.99. ISBN 9781783302093.
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In this exploration of reading around the world, contributors highlight different theories about what makes a child become a successful reader. Though Court and the bulk of the writers are from the UK and the introduction examines the state of reading there and internationally, the programs and case studies covered here can be universally applied. For instance, the book presents ideas from the Republic of Korea and Finland, which consistently perform well in reading. Thoughtful and inspiring essays address the importance of reaching all readers, strategies for encouraging reluctant readers, and reasons why some children become reluctant readers. Any librarian who has struggled to convince teachers or parents of the value of audiobooks will appreciate advocate and educator Rose Brock's piece on how this format supports literacy. In the final chapter, "Reading Is the Future," reading development consultant Jake Hope discusses why change is necessary and offers approaches for meeting future challenges.
VERDICT Despite the international focus, U.S. readers will get plenty out of this title. This reading is "right" and highly recommended.

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