While Wild Readers show preferences, these “are not fixed. Wild readers move between different types of reading material depending on their needs and interests at any given time.” Preferences may change and grow along with the reader. (p. 169)
“Wild readers develop attachments to beloved authors and types of stories.” Re-reading, re-visiting, returning to these authors and stories is a normal part of an active reading life. (p. 169)
“Encouraging students to read what they want while exposing them to high-interest, engaging, quality texts of all kinds fosters their engagement and provides the diverse experiences they need to find texts that will meet their reading interests and needs both today and tomorrow.” (p. 192)
What do you think?
- Have your reading preferences changed over the years? How so?
- Are you a re-reader?
- If you are a teacher, how to do you expose your students to a wide range of texts?
Finally, a quote I adore:
“I want my students to remember our classroom as a home that they may leave, but it will never leave them. They are forever mine, and I am forever their teacher.” (p. 89)
Thank you, Donalyn, for making such a profound difference and sharing your ideas with the rest of us.