What is aesthetic reading?
efferent reading: reading that involves an "analytic, reasoning activity" (Rosenblatt, 2005)

  • Example: After reading the story, Corduroy by Don Freeman (1968), a kindergarten teacher immediately asks students who the main character was. The teacher continues questioning students about the setting and events of the story. There is only one way for students to answer the questions. The questions assess comprehension, but do not elicit personal experiences or discussion among students.

aesthetic reading: reading that involves "personal experiences, thoughts, emotions, and discussion" (Rosenblatt, 2005)

  • Example: After reading the story, Corduroy by Don Freeman (1968), a kindergarten teacher asks students if the story reminded them of anything. The teacher might share a time when he or she lost something or wanted to buy something to lead students to personal experiences of their own. One student tells the class that she once lost her lunch money. The student makes a personal connection to the story and is able to verbalize the fear and shame she felt that day when she could not buy a lunch. The discussion allows all students to make connections with the text first, before comprehension skills are practiced or assessed.

aliterate: someone who is able to read but not motivated to do so

illiterate: someone who is not able to read

"The most basic goal of any literacy program should be the development of readers who can read and who choose to read. Teachers can provide the most essential literacy skills, but if our students are not motivated to read, they will never reach their full literacy potential" (Gambrell, Morrow, & Pressley, 2007).

"Motivation often makes the difference between superficial and shallow learning and learning that is deep and internalized" (Gambrell, 1996).

The following video, Gotta Keep Reading, was created by the students of Ocoee Middle School to describe the enjoyment from reading. You may want to use this video at the beginning of the school year or later on when students begin reading independently.

Author and Illustrator Interviews
Click the link below to watch an interview with David Shannon, author and illustrator.

David Shannon Interview

The following are some of the books written and/or illustrated by David Shannon

Norman Bridwell Interview

Mark Teague Interview

Click on the link below to watch an nterview with Emily Gravett, author and illustrator.

Emily Gravett Interview


Book Previews

Build Interest in

Digital Stories
Reading is Fundamental

PBS Stories

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Starfall Stories