Book Reviews
What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

Does HAPPY Reading review books?

Yes, but in a new way.

We are keenly aware that there are many different purposes for reading. We are enthusiastically and optimistically and wildly hopeful that more and more of the time, readers have a purpose of enjoying literature. We also recognize that there are many factors that impede the unbridled pursuit of wide reading for enjoyment (which also leads to learning in just about every instance).

We recommend books for reading aloud. We also show parents, teachers, librarians, counselors, volunteers, community leaders and others how to accomplish more with text.

A great book can be a teaching tool in ways that you might not have contemplated… for example to reinforce word study (spelling and phonics skills) or to acquire vocabulary (in authentic, meaningful ways). As we utilize good and great books for learning, HAPPY Reading fervently hopes we don’t forget to enjoy books, in and of themselves, as satisfying and worthwhile on their own… and that exposure to more books in classrooms and homes will preserve or re-ignite a passion for reading that we believe most of us inherently possess.

Simultaneously, great teaching tools, texts designed for specific learning purposes, can also provide an immensely enjoyable reading experience. Hence, our poems and reader’s theater scripts (as a starting point) are written to be fun, funny, thought-provoking and shared socially… for education and for increased, intrinsic pleasure while learning.

To enjoy the FREE samples, go to:
http://www.happyreading.org/InstructionalLibrary.html

All visitors have access to the sample materials, but only registered members have access to the full library of thousands of downloadable pages… which we improve and increase over time.

In time, you will see more precise reviews of books, with the introduction of our BookMine (coming fall 2011). These reviews, known as IRBYs will give you an “instructional review of books for youth” that will hopefully be as helpful as anything you’ve encountered for educating eager learners.

In the meantime, please use our recommendations and instructional materials for smiles and smarts among your learners of all ages and readiness levels, and please explore our recommended books for reading aloud and for professional development.

www.happyreading.org/Books.htm

If you believe as we do, that learning should be approached with both excellence and enjoyment in mind, join us.  Becoming a registered member today will give you access to our full catalog of instructional materials and to the BookMine, as well; joining today will afford access to our resources at a greatly reduced introductory price.  We invite you now and hope to welcome you into the HAPPY Reading community today.

To sign on for one year as a registered member costs just pennies a day per user. Some people spend more than this amount to replace earbuds each month. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. And referring friends and colleagues can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.  We will be honored to have you as a member.

Special introductory price: $39.99. To register: http://happyreading.org/Register.aspx