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The Pleasures of Reading : A Booklover's Alphabet - Catherine Ross

The Pleasures of Reading

A Booklover's Alphabet


Published: 30th June 2014
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Following up on her critically acclaimed "Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community," Catherine Sheldrick Ross takes a new look at pleasure reading through 30 thought-provoking essays based on themes arranged from A to Z. In short lively chapters, she discusses topics ranging from "Alexia," "Bad Reading," and "Changing Lives" to "Romance Fiction," "Self-help," "Titles," "Vampires," and "Year of Reading." Drawing on her own research as well as other published sources, Ross comments on the significance of each theme, provides examples of the phenomenon, and develops the topic chronologically, through further examples, or through reversals.

The essays are unified by an underlying theory of reading that views readers as sense-makers, actively engaged in reading themselves into the text and reading the texts back into their own lives. It gives educators and librarians insights into their roles with readers and offers a message about the importance of pleasure reading. A short list of resources for further reading is supplied with each topic.

"Whether a librarian or educator, these ideas and inspirations will offer ideas for encouraging a love of reading in all patrons, students, and others who need encouragement to see reading as a fun event and not an act of drudgery. Librarians and teachers will also appreciate this book for their own enjoyment, finding support of their love for reading." -


ISBN: 9781591586951
ISBN-10: 159158695X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 30th June 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.75  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5