A Reason to Read

A Reason to Read Linking Literacy and the Arts

Eileen Landay and Kurt Wootton, foreword by Shirley Brice Heath
cloth, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-461-2
Price: $49.95

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Pub. Date: September 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-462-9
paper, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-460-5
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A Reason to Read is the culminating work of the ArtsLiteracy Project, an ambitious and wide-ranging collaborative that aims to promote literacy through rich and sustained instruction in the arts.


This is both a profound and wonderfully practical book. In clear and helpful chapters, the authors show how teachers can use multiple art forms to help students probe and comprehend classic literary texts and create personally meaningful works of their own. The ‘For the Classroom’ sections at the end of each chapter are superb. — Richard J. Deasy, former director, Arts Education Partnership

This shining book reminds us that the ‘reason to read’—truly, the desire to learn anything well—springs from the same ineffable emotions summoned by the arts. Those who seek the key to academic motivation and mastery can do no better than to study the secrets Landay and Wootton unlock here with simplicity, practicality, and wisdom. — Kathleen Cushman, author, Fires in the Mind

For over a decade, Landay, Wootton, and their many colleagues at the ArtsLiteracy Project have been exploring the rich possibilities at the intersection of arts and literacy development for deep learning and teaching. It has been visionary work, and this book provides vivid pictures of how to bring those possibilities into any classroom. — Steve Seidel, faculty director, Arts in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

A Reason to Read makes a major contribution to the field of education through the arts thanks to the authors’ ability to create a theory of practice and to offer a concrete and replicable framework for educators who want to pursue this route. — Ofra Arieli Backenroth, Teachers College Record

Every once in awhile we need to read a book that invigorates our creativity. Landay and Wootton's book is for professional development. It will give those who work with children of all ages some very important and useful tools to make learning fun. — Louise, The Nonfiction Detectives

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About the Authors

Eileen Landay is cofounder and codirector of the ArtsLiteracy Project. She is a former Clinical Professor of English Education at Brown University and director of Brown’s MAT Program in English Education.

Kurt Wootton is cofounder and codirector of the ArtsLiteracy Project. He leads ArtsLiteracy initiatives in the United States, Brazil, and Mexico, and is director of Habla, a lab school in Merida, Mexico.