The book is a short, easy read which engenders lots of thinking about reading and provides many put-right-to-use ideas to help make reading come alive for kids. -- Teaching K-8, January 1997 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"It is a fact of our psychological make-up that we cannot read anything without experiencing some kind of response."
"If we are forced to read as a duty, expecting no delight, we are likely to find it a boring business."
"We cannot easily read for ourselves what we haven't heard said."
"Some people say they don't like reading stories, but I've never come across anyone who doesn't like hearing one."
With such forthright statements Aidan Chambers ensures that The Reading Environment will make things happen about the ways reading is presented in schools.
For Chambers, reading is a life-enhancing occupation, not a pastime. Drawing memorably on his own experience as a teacher and a reader, he offers a multitude of stimulating ideas for opening the rewards of thoughtful reading to all children.
Concerned with the practical aspects of creating an environment that supports children as they become readers, he provides suggestions on school book fairs and displays, reading areas, author visits, and book selection. But having enabled children to become readers is only part of the issue, and he also addresses ways of keeping track of children's reading and helping them develop responses to what they read.
Concise and elegantly written, The Reading Environment will be a valuable book for preservice and inservice teachers, and its distinctive blend of reflective and active comment make it an enlightening reminder to parents, media specialists, and librarians. Tell Me: Children, Reading, and Talk is the companion volume to The Reading Environment. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.