ERIC Number: ED259303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
This Book Reminds Me of You: The Reader as Mentor (Maintaining and Expanding the Range of Reading Interests).
Sledge, Andrea Celine
Being a reading mentor to students, colleagues, or friends is one key strategy in the development and promotion of a wide variety of reading interests. Readers serve as mentors by passive means, such as indicating how much they read, being able to name the last book recommended to them, displaying their books visibly, and maintaining their self-image as readers. Reading mentors' goals are the expansion of reading interests, the expansion of uses to which reading is put, and the awareness of when reading is occurring. The more reasons children have for reading, the more likely they are to be effective and enthusiastic readers. Teachers' and reading mentors' credibility is built through talk about what they are reading, the recommendation of books with film or television tie-ins, the reading aloud of opening lines, the recommendation of brief books, and the development of classroom libraries. The benefits of being reading mentors are: (1) the value of their recommendations builds their credibility as a reading mentor; (2) the quality of the reading matter leads to continued reader satisfaction, and growth in reading maturity and sophistication; and (3) mentoring can change others' self-definition as a reader, and they in turn can become reading mentors. (EL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, May 6-10, 1984).