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"You Gotta BE the Book": Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading with Adolescents. 2nd edition.

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Author(s): Jeffrey Wilhelm

The new edition of Wilhelm's vital book looks at "what this act of reading really is": a social practice and a search for meaning.

Level(s): Secondary, Middle

ISBN/ISSN: 9780807748466

Stock No.: 48466


“No other book that I have read in the last 10 years has affected my teaching as much as this one. ‘You Gotta BE the Book’ made me a better teacher. I suspect all of its readers feel much the same way.”
–From the foreword to the second edition by Michael W. Smith

Over a decade ago, Jeffrey Wilhelm’s groundbreaking book showed educators how to think of reading as a personally meaningful, pleasurable, and productive pursuit. In the years since its publication, the author has experimented with and further developed all of the techniques he first explored in “You Gotta BE the Book,” including visual techniques, drama and action strategies, think-aloud protocols, and symbolic story representation/reading manipulatives. In this expanded edition, Wilhelm adds a new commentary to each chapter in which he reflects on the research and insights he introduced in his now classic text.

Through textured case studies of engaged and reluctant readers, the second edition of “You Gotta BE the Book” once again addresses enduring issues, such as:

  • What do highly engaged, adolescent readers DO as they read?
  • What is it about traditional schooling and reading instruction that deters engaged reading and serves to disenfranchise young readers?
  • What types of interventions can be used in the classroom to help all students, especially reluctant ones, to become successful readers?


“If you care about literature, and want your students to care about reading literature, ‘You Gotta BE the Book’ will grab your attention and your heart in the first few pages.”
English Education

“A text that deserves to be read, needs to be heard, and ultimately belongs on the desks—within arm’s reach—of teachers, administrators, students and professors.”
Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

NCTE and Teachers College Press. 243 pp. 2007. Grades 6–12. ISBN 978-0-8077-4846-6.

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