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• Teachers' Choice Award Winner
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• The Perfect Book For Title I
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|• Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! "makes children want to be readers" —Olga Gize Carlile, Review|
How I Wished I Could Read! is a book focused on the need to motivate
children to read... We want you to be aware of a resource so specific
to family literacy." —Secretary of State Literacy Office, Illinois State Library
This light-hearted story with action-packed illustrations hits bull's
eye on a glaring national need — motivating children to read. Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!
produces laughs and gasps that make its "reading is vital" message a
child-pleasing joy. Highly acclaimed and a national bestseller, it's a
perfect book for fun-loving parents and high spirited teachers who
laugh with their children and use humor to teach. Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! is used extensively in schools and even in adult literacy programs with its companion book What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This? to foster reading development. — Publishing Profile
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is a wonderful book to use at first and second grade to introduce
students to the notion that reading is for a real-life purpose. The
main character dreams that he is unable to read and finds himself in
funny, compromising and sometimes painful situations due to his
readingless state. Read this to your children in the beginning of the
year, and then take a “field trip” through the school and around the
school grounds to find the helpful signs in the environment that are
important to us: restroom, boys’, girls’, library, principal’s office,
cafeteria, stop, yield, bus stop, etc." -- Cheryl Sigmon, Sigmon &
Associates, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina
"Wow! Perfect! I really needed that."
After a staff development program
I presented in Florida, a teacher sent me a note: "When I arrived home,
I got myself all worked up about everything I needed to accomplish. I
resigned myself to the possibility that my summer was slipping away and
I wouldn't be able to spend time with friends and family as I had
planned. I made a list of all the friend's I would have to call to
cancel plans. Then I crawled in bed and grabbed, Keeping First Things First. I read the first page:
"It seems as though there's never enough time
to do all the things we have to do. Or is there? When I got to work
today, I realized that my shoes weren't shined. I bent over to shine
them at home this morning, but heard my little son crying before I got
the lid off the polish. So I went to him and picked him up and dried
his tears and gave him love. Then I didn't have time to go back and
shine my shoes. I had to leave. That's okay. Some day my shoes will be
in a scrap heap and no one will care whether they were ever shined. But
the love I gave my son this morning will live on in him and those he
passes it on to. No, I'm not embarrassed that my shoes aren't shined.
They're a sign that I'm learning to keep first things first."
"Wow! Perfect! I really needed that!
I reached over and crumpled up that list of 'friends to cancel' and
tossed it in the trash. I now have a new list — a schedule of people to
visit with. My chores will be penciled in around them. Thanks."
"It was exactly what I needed to help me
work through some very rough personal times."
"As a new mother,
I made the same mistake that most Type-A personalities make. I tried to
be 'Super Mom.' I physically and emotionally wore myself down and
eventually just collapsed... Your insights are absolutely incredible
and I can't tell you how much they have helped me."— C.M.
"I'm enjoying my kids and they're enjoying me."
"Since I teach,
I have my summers free. Every summer I have a list a mile long to
complete. My children were young, so I worked at my list before they
woke up, while they napped, and after they went to bed at night. This
year, however, the oldest of my three doesn't nap...and my list of
previous summers is gone. I was feeling rather unproductive until I
read Keeping First Things First.
Now I would feel guilty if I completed my list. I'm enjoying my kids
and they're enjoying me. Thanks for making my summer." L.G., Dixon, IL
"The perfect gift for a special friend . . ."
"It is the perfect gift for a special friend of mine who has recently had to adjust to her first-born leaving for college." — L.V., Rhode Island