Book Love ~ By Penny Kittle

I love reading Penny Kittle’s  Book Love! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I had purchased this book two summers ago as I was trying to figure out the direction I wanted to go in my classrooms in regard to independent reading. I was completely hooked on this book after the first few pages! (And I will tell everyone that hasn’t read it before, you should re-read it again every year!)

I think the first thing that caught my eye when I read the book was when Kittle said that “…nonreaders would become committed, passionate readers given the right bpexels-photo-459514.jpegooks, time to read…” (Kittle 1). She goes on to talk about how students today do not get the chance to build their stamina for reading. This is so very true! I remember the first time I had started college and was told I needed to finish so many pages/books a week. I about had a complete meltdown! I was not ready for that type of reading. I want to make sure that my students will at least have a better chance at being prepared for college reading by time they leave my room.

Why do we, as teachers, sometimes expect that students should be able to read the classics and understand them when they haven’t had time to prepare for that type of reading? As Kittle states, “Reading only what is too hard and then telling them what it means is not making them better readers” (Kittle 7). This is completely defeating to the students and just helps to reinforce their thinking that reading is boring and something they cannot do. In this case, as she states, we end up doing more harm than good.

It would be really nice if all English teachers would/could buy into fostering the love of reading through guiding students to become avid readers by giving them choices in what they read. I think that is why this is such an important class, or, it is important for teachers to become aware of as many different YA books as possible. We need to be the advocates that help foster the love of reading in our students.

Works Cited:

Kittle, Penny. Book love: developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers.         Heinemann, 2013.

6 thoughts on “Book Love ~ By Penny Kittle

  1. It was really encouraging to hear that this is a worthwhile book from someone who has read it before! I have really liked the points she has brought up in the first two chapters, but was kind of anxious that they would never be fully addressed. I look forward to reading the rest of it now!


  2. I think fostering the love of reading is something that all teachers need to work on. I think that some are so focused on teaching the classics, what they were taught, or to the test, that they forget why it is they are there. Teachers are their to support and guide students through learning. We have to model and be excited for all types of literature and be able to foster an environment for that.


  3. I love this book so much. I’ve read it many, many times and always find something new and provocative in it. Have you read Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer or Reading in the Wild? I especially like Reading in the Wild to help students internalize some of the lessons of workshop so that they continue to read when they leave my classroom.


    1. I know! I’m finding things in the book I hadn’t noticed the first time! I do have Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer and now I’m ordering Reading in the Wild! I’m so excited to get that book and see what’s in it!


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