AASL releases new book on reading instruction

Contact: Kathy Agarwal

Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

November 7, 2005
every student reads: collaboration and reading to learn
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AASL releases new book on reading instruction

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce a new book addressing reading instruction. “Every Student Reads: Collaboration and Reading to Learn” by Gail Bush features reading strategies geared for elementary and secondary students as well as a hearty nod to free and voluntary reading programs supported by school library programs.

It features:

  • Thoughts on the current state of reading instruction in our schools from leading reading experts
  • Action steps for collaborative planning and teaching to empower practitioners to provide best practices for reading engagement
  • Exemplary collaborative projects spanning K-12 grade levels and various content areas are written in lesson plan format and are tied to information literacy standards and essential questions
  • Suggested readings highlight sources for further study of reading strategies

"Every Student Reads” features contributions from Peter Afflerbach, Carol Gordon, Stephen Krashen, Donna Ogle, and 2004 AASL Fall Forum Participants. The 2004 AASL Fall Forum, held October 1-3 in Dallas, immersed library media specialists, reading teachers and other educators in strategies to increase their students' abilities to "read to learn."

"This new book addresses the concerns we hear from our members, about finding successful reading strategies to engage students, and provides simple techniques to collaborate with K-12 classroom teachers," said AASL President J. Linda Williams.

Gail Bush is associate professor and director of the School Library Media Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. For 10 years, she was curriculum librarian in suburban Chicago at Maine West High School Library Resource Center, honored with the AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year Award in 1996. Bush was named North Suburban Library System School Librarian of the Year in 1998–99 for her leadership in collaboration between her school program and the local public library. Her administrative experience includes work in corporate and academic libraries. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago and an M.S. in library science and a B.A. in anthropology from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. A frequent speaker, Bush publishes articles on numerous topics including modeling for lifelong reading, poetry, information literacy, youth activism and creativity.

To purchase copies of “Every Student Reads: Collaboration and Reading to Learn,” go to the AASL Online Store at
http://www.alastore.ala.org/aasl or order from:

ALA Order Fulfillment

P.O. Box 932501

Atlanta, GA 31193-2501

Phone: 866-746-7252

Fax: 770-280-4155.

The American Association of School Librarians
www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.