The Reading Environment: How adults help children enjoy reading
2011, updated, revised, redesigned edition, combined with Tell Me: Children Reading & Talk.
The Reading Environment describes, with many practical examples, the surroundings and attitudes that support children's encounters with books in school, enabling them to become thoughtful, willing readers.
Since first publication in 1991, The Reading Environment and Tell Me, published in 1993, both continuously in print, have often been used together. They have been published in North America, where they are still available in editions adapted to the American school system and in four other languages. Now that the books have been updated to take account of current developments, such as digital publishing, bringing them together as one volume emphasizes and enhances the connections between them.
1 Introduction
2 The Reading Circle:
Selection, 'reading', time, place
Response, the enabling adult
3 The Set and the Setting
4 Reading Areas
5 Displays:
6 Browsing
7 Reading Time
How often, how long; USSR
8 Keeping Track
9 Storytelling:
Where it begins;
choosing and preparing stories
10 Reading Aloud:
Learning how it goes, the drama of print,
'difficulty', stimulating choice, being together,
the difference from storytelling, taking time
11 Reading and the Brain
12 Star Performers:
Choosing the guest, making the approach,
on the day, making the most of a visit
13 Friends & Peers:
Graffiti boards, magazines & blogs
selection panels, displays, reading clubs
pupil organisers
14 Helping to Choose:
By-the-way conversation, 'try these',
booklists, mix and match, raising expectations
15 Response:
For the author', works of art, anthologies
acting it out, book making
16 Books in a Digital Age
17 The Enabling Adult
New, combined, revised, updated and redesigned edition
Tell Me (Children, Reading and Talk) with The Reading Environment
Thimble Press, 2011
Available on line from
The separate American editions are available from
Stenhouse Publishers in USA,,
And in Canada from Pembroke,

All contents are ©Aidan Chambers unless otherwise stated.





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