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Literary Pathways: Selecting Books to Support New Readers


reviewed by Janet Hickman — 2003

coverTitle: Literary Pathways: Selecting Books to Support New Readers
Author(s): Barbara Peterson
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325001642 , Pages: 240, Year: 2001
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In her foreword to Literary Pathways, Charlotte Huck says:  “I wish every school librarian had [the author’s] knowledge of how children take on the reading process, and I wish every teacher had [her] knowledge of the wide range of books that will enable a child to become successful in learning to read.”  The hallmark of this book is its combination of these two bodies of knowledge in the service of a particular group of readers. Barbara Peterson has unique qualifications for this effort.  She began her career as a public librarian and later trained as a Reading Recovery teacher, learning to pay detailed attention to the experiences of individual children taking on the complex tasks of beginning reading.  This work led her to focus on text complexity in a seminal 1988 Ph.D. dissertation at Ohio State University, Characteristics of Texts That Support Beginning Readers.  Subsequently, Peterson became teacher-librarian at Tully Elementary Accelerated Magnet School in Tucson.  There she met regularly with the group of second graders dubbed Reading... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 33-35
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10911, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 4:04:54 AM

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  • Janet Hickman
    The Ohio State University
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    JANET HICKMAN is Associate Professor in the program in Language, Literacy, and Culture at Ohio State University. Her research concerns the areas of children’s response to literature and the role of literature in the classroom. She is also an author of novels for children, the most recent of which is Ravine (Greenwillow, 2002).
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