The Reading Strategies Book + Giveaway

You might remember, back in April, when I did a review of The Reading Strategies Book by Jen Serravallo. I recently had the chance to visit her at a conference and learn even more! See my notes from her sessions here.

Following the conference, I wrote a post about Kate Roberts and her session, writing about reading. It reminded me that there is a whole chapter on this subject in Jen’s book and my curiosity forced me to revisit this section. I was reminded that it is important to know my purpose when asking students to write about reading and it’s also important to allow students to have a voice when making the decision to write about their reading. My goal may be to have students do this once a week, but it doesn’t have to be “Write about reading Wednesday,” it can be the student’s decision when to do this work. I also need to think about whether this is the right goal for this student before encouraging the process of writing about reading. Here is a summary of the ideas Jen follows when making these decisions:

~If the child’s oral expression of a text far surpasses their ability to write about the text, this may be the right goal for the student. (Since talk is so important, if the child is able to verbally articulate the importance of a book, writing it will be of value).

~If the child has a difficult time remembering what they are reading, the act of writing out the important parts could better establish improved comprehension.

~If the student’s writing skills are strong, but their ability to discuss important parts of a text are limited, writing about the text may deepen their understanding and their ability to discuss text.


Jen has also gone a step further in her quest for helping teachers by creating a teacher’s guide, digital download, to go along with the book, likely due out mid-August. Jen made the guide with teachers in mind, offering activities to encourage collaboration among each other in classroom lab sites. She encourages teacher to work together and plan/study the strategies with students in mind. There are ideas for people just starting out with The Reading Strategies Book, as well as suggestions on how to connect the ideas to other books Jen has written, such as The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook, Teaching Reading in Small Groups and Conferring with Readers.

That brings us to the fun part! A giveaway! Heinemann Publishers are eager to give a copy of The Reading Strategies Book to one of you!


THE WINNER IS…Kelli Wilcox! Kelli will be receiving a copy of The Reading Strategies Book from Heinemann Publishers! Happy Summer Reading!


  • This giveaway is for a copy of The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo. Many thanks to Heinemann Publishers for donating a copy of this book.
  • For a chance to win a copy of The Reading Strategies Book, please leave a comment about this post by Sunday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner, whose name I will announce at the bottom of this post, by Friday, July 10th.
  • Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment, so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address if you win.  From there, my contact at Heinemann Publishers will ship your book out to you.  (NOTE: Your e-mail address will not be published online if you leave it in the e-mail field only.)
  • If you are the winner, I will email you with the subject line of TWO WRITING TEACHERS – THE READING STRATEGIES BOOK. Please respond to my e-mail with your mailing address within five days. Unfortunately, a new winner will be chosen if a response isn’t received within five days of the giveaway announcement.