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Uses of Book Readings for English Language Arts Educators & Students

Listen to authors share their purpose and describe their writing process,

for example …

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Jeff Kinney on
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Walter Dean Myers on

Introduce an assigned book with an audio performance,

for example …

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What is a Book Reading?

  • A Book Reading is an audio recording of a book being read aloud
  • Most Book Readings are 2-3 minute excerpts; others are full-length resources that allow you to hear the entire story.
  • Some Book Readings include animations, videos, and/or captions.
  • Meet-the-Author Book Readings are produced by directly with the author or illustrator, who gives the story-behind-the-story before reading or describing a portion of the book.

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Here are some curricular uses submitted by educators…

  • "After students write a Book Review of their independent reading choice, I have them follow up by looking up the author on and listening to an excerpt of their book. This helps students who appear to be 'missing' understanding parts of the book."
    - Nancy from Japan
  • "I use a Book Reading as an introduction to the book."
    - Mary from New York
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