Pat Cunningham quotes Allington to name her article on struggling readers. The main suggestions in this particular article from the International Reading Association 2005, are for teachers to – read aloud and read aloud all kinds of materials as encouragement for student reading, make sure magazines (news and popular) are available for choice reading in your classroom as well as picture books and non-fiction titles.
This is definitely a confirming article for my current practice. One of the greatest challenges for my classroom collection of books is providing enough non-fiction titles and encouraging the use of picture books by students who think they are ‘baby’ books. Graphic novels do a marvelous job of hooking kids into reading. I would like to find a cheap source of magazines – back issues and old copies would be great. I think I need to find a good used book store.