Canada Book Day

Canada Book Day

Canada Book Day

Date posted: April 23, 2014

Today is Canada Book Day, a day to promote books and reading. Celebrate by reading a book, and encouraging someone to learn to read.

For those new to helping adults learn to read, these books offer a very good introduction to teaching reading:

Teaching beginning readers.
Pat Campbell. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2010.
This resource presents ten principles for teaching beginning adult readers and answers three frequently asked questions: Where do I start? Do I need to teach skills in a particular order? What do I teach? This is followed by instructional activities, many geared towards one-to-one tutoring which can be modified for classroom use.

Teaching reading to adults: a balanced approach.
Pat Campbell. Edmonton, AB: Grass Roots Press, 2003.
This book is a classic, providing theoretical and practical knowledge about reading assessment and instruction. The author situates “balance” not only within the context of methodology, but also within the broader context of reading the word and the world.

Literacy tutor’s guide: reading for meaning and the writing experience. 3rd ed.
Edmonton, AB: Centre for Family Literacy, 2006.
Used for tutor training, the first section of this booklet concisely describes the reading process and gives helpful strategies for beginning adult readers.

To borrow any of these books, email

(And, of course, the library has many other books on teaching reading and resources to use with new readers. Email us if you’d like some suggestions.)

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