Originally aired October 19, 2010. Students can be reluctant readers for many reasons and using fiction and independent reading to engage them can be a great way to bring them into the wider community. In this webinar sponsored by Orca Book Publishers, attendees will hear from presenters in the library and education fields who have had success using fiction to reach at-risk and disengaged readers.

The hour-long presentation will focus on hands-on tips for both school and public librarians and will touch on the research behind the benefits of using fiction in the classroom. Examples of practical classroom projects, such as Read 180 and lit circles, and the insights of a successful publisher of short novels are just some of the offerings in this program moderated by Gillian Engberg, Booklist’s Books for Youth managing editor/YA editor.

Panelists include:

• Carolyn Salonen, Program, Curriculum, and Instruction Consultant, Waterloo Region District School Board, Ontario, Canada
• Rebecca English, Educator, Godwin Heights High School, Wyoming, Michigan
• Amy J. Cheney, Librarian, Alameda County Library, Juvenile Hall, San Leandro, California
• Andrew Wooldridge, Publisher, Orca Book Publishers

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