La Vergne Rosow

What the critics say about Light 'n Lively Reads


Rosow brings her considerable experience as teacher and volunteer tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America to this extremely useful resource which is much more than a "thematic bibliography." The preface contains her personal philosophy, suggestions for engaging children, youth, and adults in reading, and the successful techniques she developed through trial and error. Rosow continues with an introduction that covers a wide range of topics including reading aloud, strategies for teaching reading, and a discussion of the kinds of reading materials that are included in each thematic unit, as well as additional student activities. Fifteen subject-area units pretty much "cover the waterfront"-arts, sports, parenting, war, racism, math, science, history-but also include reference and letters, logs, and journals. Units on preparing for the GED and other standardized tests and U.S. citizenship are particularly valuable. A subject index and an author/​title index complete the volume. Each unit begins with first readers and picture books and continues with thin books, challenging readings, book chapters and strong passages, newspaper and magazine articles, and ends with supplemental events and activities. - VOYA



"A valuable resource for teachers and parents...would be an asset to the reference section of libraries in schools and ESL Centres." - VATME Newsletter

"For those who teach reading to adults and teens and have difficulty finding material that will stimulate interest, yet is simple enough for new readers, Rosow's annotated bibliography delivers...
Recommended."
- The Book Report

"The author shows educators how to promote more challenging reading and allow new readers to develop a broad literature base." - Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

This indexed work would be a helpful addition to the professional collection of an elementary or secondary library. - Library Lane

"Dr. Rosow's introductory sections are quite inspiring...This book may prove useful to teachers and community literacy volunteers alike. Certainly its theoretical background and educational philosophy should inspire and motivate all." - Orana

Light 'n Lively Reads for ESL, Adult, and Teen Readers
A Thematic Bibliography

Not only do I consider this a “must” purchase for all libraries, but multiple copies might be needed. Volunteer tutors, ESL teachers, reading teachers, and those involved in getting reluctant young adult readers to read will not want to relinquish this book once they get hold of it.
Susan Rosezweig



Illustrated by the author

If you have been searching for reading materials that are both interesting and accessible to beginning adult and teen readers, look no further.



Rosow builds this annotated bibliography of high-interest, low-reading-level fiction and nonfiction materials around themes that appeal to adults.

She covers a variety of resources, from books and chapters of books to magazine articles and letters, organizing them from easier to more difficult reading levels to help readers progress with their reading.

Dozens of dialogue and writing activities are suggested for each subject area. Most can be used with any size group, from one-on-one tutoring situations to large multiethnic classes of students with a range of reading and writing abilities.

Perfect for adult and family literacy programs, ESL students, teen remedial reading classes, and readers' advisory, this book is a great tool for motivating and empowering students to read.

Themes include:

The Arts
Sports
Myths, Legends, Fables and Fairy Tales
Mystery, Suspense, Horror—for the fun of it
Letters, Logs and Journals
Parenting
Sickness, Death, and Dying
Racism, Bigotry, and Tolerance
War
The Planet
Numbers, Math, and Money
Science
Reference
Biographies
Preparing for the GED and Other Standardized Tests
U.S. Citizenship
America: Who, Where, and When

In addition to methods and materials suggestions, you’ll find:
Author/​Title/​Illustration Index
Subject Index

Selected Works

Classical Literature, Reference, Teen, Adult, and ESL Readers, Literacy, Annotated Bibliography and Teaching Ideas
Easy to Challenging titles will help those who want to discover or rediscover the books English readers have always loved.
Non-Fiction; literacy case studies; adult and family literacy
Theory-to-practice connections for pre-literate and low literate adults and children.
Reference and guide for teaching reluctant readers, new readers, and English language learners
This is a collection of great book titles sorted according to themes that appeal to adult and teen readers. Themes progress from picturebooks to challenging texts.