Publisher Submissions for the Approved Canadian Reading Recovery Booklist – a Quick How To
Teaching children to read and write involves the use of books that are suitable for their reading level, language and cultural relevance. Publishers and authors are invited to submit their books for approval. Once approved they will be added to the book list so that Reading Recovery schools can purchase them for use in their programs.
Each book included on the Canadian Reading Recovery Booklist (CIRR, 2017) represents countless hours of volunteer work by Canadian Reading Recovery Trainers, Teacher Leaders, and Teachers who engage in an intensive review process that includes an initial review for quality and approximate level followed by field-testing of every title being considered for inclusion. Reading Recovery educators who support the processes of review and field-testing represent geographic, language, and cultural diversity.
From the many books available, each title considered for possible inclusion is evaluated to determine how well the book:
- tells a meaningful and well-structured story;
- supports development of a literacy processing system of Grade one students;
- has text features that work together appropriately for a particular level rather than creating undue challenges to the readers because of widely disparate features of text difficulty (language, concepts, spatial features, etc.);
- has a sufficient amount of text on which a child could engage in problem solving and practice fluent reading;
- represents ethnic, cultural, and language diversity in a way that values all persons;
- has a story line that is of interest to Canadian children;
- has good quality illustrations;
- is constructed using good quality materials; and
- is affordable.
It is not the intent of the Booklist to provide an over-abundance of titles. The intent is to provide a listing of texts that Reading Recovery professionals can easily access for use with students. The booklist is revised on a 3-year cycle with the next date of publication being Spring, 2020. It would be advisable to have books distributed before December 31, 2019.
In order to expedite titles for consideration, it is advised that publishers and book distributors provide complementary copies that can be distributed by the contacts in each region.