Reader’s Identity

A child who has a strong reader’s identity is able to identify as a reader. Readers with strong readers’ identity are able to discuss flexible reading strategies, overcome problems when stuck on unfamiliar words or concepts, share the kinds of books or other material they like to read, analyze, critique, and reflect on the information they read, and are hungry for more. They are the kinds of readers parents or caregivers catch reading by flashlight under the covers long past their bedtimes. And these readers tend to be high scorers on state assessments. A restorative approach can be utilized to nurture readers’ identities. 

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