ERIC Number: ED114792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Readers Write Books: A How-to-do-it Manual.
The reader-written book program at Rockford (Illinois) Public Library has been an extremely successful outreach program used to interest the disadvantaged child in library materials and services. Reader-written books are written by using the language experience approach techniques of having the child tell a story orally, recording that story on a tape-recorder, and having an adult transcribe and edit the story. At the library the story is typed in book form and illustrated with original drawings, magazine cut-outs, or photos. A vocabulary page, a biographical paragraph about the author, and a photo of the author are prepared. The book pages are dry-mounted together and laminated by the child, then bound with a plastic spiral binding. Next, the book is given a bookcard and pocket and is catalogued in the library, ready to be checked out as any other book would be. How-to-do-it instructions cover the topics of how to help children write books, how to plan a similar program and train helpers, and how to adapt the program to other users. Examples of stories and illustrations from the children's books are included. (MKM)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Experience Approach, Library Materials, Library Services, Reading Materials, Student Developed Materials, Writing (Composition)
Rockford Public Library, 215 North Wyman Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockford Public Library, IL.