Those of you who know us personally or follow us on social media know that the last few months have been filled with the emotional highs and lows that come along with writing and finishing a book. However, those of you who know us exclusively through this space probably know very little about Reading Wellness, which was finished in February and has since undergone all phases of the Stenhouse production process. We are proud to share with you that four weeks ago, Reading Wellness made its debut.
As we conceived of Reading Wellness, we imagined writing a book that would do more than treat the problems students experience when learning to read. Rather, we imagined writing a book that would help teachers prevent problems before they happen. When we began, we asked ourselves what we thought contributed to healthy, robust reading lives and built our chapters around these ideas:
- Love–Authentic Reasons to Read Informational Text Closely
- Posture–Mindset, Agency, and Hard Work
- Alignment–Working to Make Sense of the Words
- Mindfulness–Reading Closely, Comprehending Deeply
- Strength–Productive Effort and Building Reading Muscle
- Joy–Reading More for the Love of It
For us, writing Reading Wellness was a labor of love, but as anyone who has written for an audience knows, what happens when your thoughts and ideas go out into the world is up to the world. Because it’s only been four weeks since Stenhouse released Reading Wellness, we are just beginning to hear readers’ responses. So far, this is what we’ve heard:
From Paula Borque, Literacy Coach, Augusta Maine:
I LOVED it!! … As I read each chapter I kept thinking how they were expressing so exactly the thoughts I want my teachers to have about creating reading communities and encouraging reading lives. I felt so connected to those authors!
From Russ Walsh, Literacy Specialist, Rider University
Ultimately, Burkins and Yaris, want to help literacy teachers to move beyond the expectations of others – close reading, identifying main ideas, and all the aspects of reading writ small – and to keep our eyes on READING writ large, that READING that enriches our lives and that we hope will enrich the lives of our students. (For a full review see Russ’s blog: How “Well” is Your Reading?)
From Mary Howard, Literacy Consultant and Author
Chapter titles says it all–Reading More for the Love of It! Every word makes my heart sing!
From Dr. Byron Ernest, Educator, Indianapolis, Indiana
#ReadingWellness really hit home with me. Every #educator should read it! We are going to do a book study.
If you are interested in reading Reading Wellness, you can preview the whole book online at Stenhouse. And if you do read it, we hope to hear your honest feedback!