ERIC Number: ED223998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Dick and Jane with a New Twist.
Webster, Lois P.
A survey of 125 children's books revealed 45 that were potentially suitable as easy leisure reading materials for adults. This indicates that a vast store of children's books are available that are both suitable and readable for adult new readers. Children's books enhance new adult readers' self-esteem by enabling them to read not only to themselves, but also to their children or grandchildren. Adult basic education teachers can be alerted to books that seem desirable by browsing through journals that give reviews covering such items as content, ethnic orientation, subject matter, readability level, print, pictures, and format. As books are found, the following information should be recorded in a permanent card file: the title, length of the book, publisher, copyright date, the difficulty of the book, for whom it would be a good book, special subject matter, and an annotation. Two factors are important in using children's books: making a good match between the reader and the book, and being prepared by keeping an ongoing card file with information on each book. To implement the use of children's books in an adult basic education class, the teacher should (1) provide a listener for the reader, (2) have materials readily available, (3) provide class trips to the library, (4) advertise or make the books known to the adults, (5) record the books on tapes for "read along" purposes, and (6) recognize books built around particular reading skills. (Appendixes include publishers of children's books, the Fry Readability Graph, and an annotated bibliography of children's books suitable for adults.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana State Conference of the International Reading Association (Indianapolis, IN, March 25-27, 1982).