City Year Literacy Month: Great books for the reluctant reader

At City Year, literacy is an incredibly important part of our everyday work. For the month of December, we will be talking about our literacy work  and sharing resources to help students make the gains they need to succeed.

To kick it off, Online Literacy Content Specialist Jamie Fisher shares a post that was originally published on the ELA Blog (an internal resource for City Year literacy tutors) to help corps members find great books for reluctant readers.

Students can be reluctant readers for many different reasons. As a tutor, you cannot always pinpoint the reason for a student’s reluctance, but if you do a little extra work on the front-end you can give your students the best opportunity to engage with their books and become enthusiastic readers.

How? By matching students with the right book!

Luckily, there are many great titles for all ages and reading levels, if you know where to look.

  • ALSC Hi-Low Recommendations: The Association for Library Service for Children created this list of titles in 2009 for reluctant readers in grades 3-6 who want higher-interest content and lower reading levels.
  •  The Bluford Series: These hi-low books have been endorsed by both the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Literacy (JAAL) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). (Some titles in the series may be too mature for younger readers).
  • Goodreads:  Not only is this site a great resource for book reviews by both adults and students, but it makes reading social! People who sign up for an account can rate books, add books to their “to read” list and see what their friends are reading.
  • AdLit: This website is a multimedia project that not only provides you with great ideas for books for adolescent readers, but also gives you access to useful classroom strategies and adolescent literacy research and reports.

Happy Reading!

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