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Passionate Readers
The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child

ISBN 9781138958647
Published August 2, 2017 by Routledge
198 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

How do we inspire students to love reading and discovery? In Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child, classroom teacher, author, and speaker Pernille Ripp reveals the five keys to creating a passionate reading environment. You’ll learn how to…

  • Use your own reading identity to create powerful reading experiences for all students
  • Empower your students and their reading experience by focusing on your physical classroom environment
  • Create and maintain an enticing, well-organized, easy-to-use classroom library;
  • Build a learning community filled with choice and student ownership; and
  • Guide students to further develop their own reading identity to cement them as life-long, invested readers.

Throughout the book, Pernille opens up about her own trials and errors as a teacher and what she’s learned along the way. She also shares a wide variety of practical tools that you can use in your own classroom, including a reader profile sheet, conferring sheet, classroom library letter to parents, and much more. These tools are available in the book and as eResources to help you build your own classroom of passionate readers.

Table of Contents



About The Author


Introduction: Learning to Break the Rules

Key 1: Teacher Reading Identity and How It Matters

Key 2: How Our Physical Space Affects Our Reading Experiences

Key 3: Focusing on the Classroom Library: A Cornerstone of the Passionate Reading Learning Community

Key 4: The Reality of the Passionate Reader Learning Community

Key 5: Developing Student Reading Identity: Making Reading a Personal Journey

In the End: Maintaining Hope for Our Students and Our Mission


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Pernille Ripp is a seventh grade teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin and the creator of the Global Read Aloud (, a literacy initiative that has connected more than 2,000,000 students since 2010 through the use of technology. She speaks internationally and writes regularly on her blog ( is also author of Passionate Learners: Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students


"Passionate Readers is the perfect title for this helpful book. Pernille manages to teach us how to harness true passion in ways that will transform the readers in our classrooms. It is no small feat to take such large and lofty goals and make them tangible and real for all educators and students, and yet that is what this books offers, with heart and style to boot."

--Kate Roberts, National Literacy Consultant, Author, and Speaker


"A good professional text is a forever resource. We go back to it time and time again for that just-right lesson or chapter we need to fuel our craft. Passionate Readers moves like that novel you can’t put down. Tucked in between the narrative of Pernille’s five keys and tireless risk-taking in her passionate reading environment are the candid voices of the kids speaking their truths, shining a light on reading identity. Make room for a new forever resource."

--Sara K. Ahmed, Literacy Coach & Consultant-in-Residence, NIST International School, Thailand

"In this framework Ripp creates a functional book that teachers can pick up and read cover to cover, or dive into the section that they need first. With all the demands on our time, in addition to the information teachers will appreciate the functionality of the book’s set-up."

--Claire Stein, Administrator in Racine, WI, Middleweb