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By Wayne Tennent, David Reedy, Angela Hobsbaum and Nikki Gamble

Published by UCL Institute of Education Press 2016

ISBN: 9781782771821

220 pages



Pie says:
"For Key Stage 2, this is currently the best book on teaching reading. The opening chapters are a succinct exploration of the nature of reading and teaching comprehension. The middle section is a case studies and the end part is a series of staff meetings."


How can teachers foster good reading in pupils aged 7 – 11? Guiding Readers - Layers of Meaning explains the way to do it.


  • What is this book about? Reading comprehension is so much more than just reading words, and this book explains how to develop all aspects of it for pupils aged 7–11. Written by top experts in the field, it includes eleven in-depth case studies – taken from real-life classrooms – of lessons on fiction and non-fiction, poetry and picture books, advertising and film.
  • Why is it needed? Guided reading, widely used in English lessons, has never been satisfactorily examined for children in this age range. Once they have learnt how to read, pupils need support to develop strategies to extend their comprehension: What does the text say? What does it mean? What do I feel about it?


  • What is special about guiding readers? We can guide readers whenever we open discussions by exploring their understanding rather than telling them. This book shows teachers how it can be done with real classroom examples.
  • Who is it for? All teachers of children aged 7-11, English subject leaders, literacy coordinators, student teachers, teacher educators, librarians, tutors, reading specialists...


Supported by additional free material: lists of books, interviews with authors, videos of classroom practice and more are all available at www.guidingreaders.com.


"If you want to run effective, inspired and engaging guided reading sessions in your school with junior aged learners then look no further- just buy this book. It distils the principles, offers practical examples, recommends rich texts (fiction and non-fiction) in a thoroughly accessible and inviting manner. A great buy. A must buy."

Professor Teresa Cremin, The Open University


"The book makes essential reading for all teachers attempting to unpick the complex but vital process of teaching text comprehension skills. It features "plain English" references to theory and research, a teacher-friendly frame for mapping the potential of guided reading texts, and a selection of case studies that teachers can read, digest, try and then apply."

Gill Evans, Headteacher, Holcombe Brook Primary School

Guiding Readers - Layers of Meaning