A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Cheryl Sigmon
      for her kind words and classroom suggestion:

      "This 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.  www.johngile.com 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.

Classroom Application

     "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

Warriors Forever
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First Forest
"Lyrically written, this unique fable — exquisitely illustrated — tells what happens when greed spoils the beauty and peace of the very first, perfect forest. This best selling resource encourages us all to share, to respect others, and much more." — Scholastic of Canada
Michigan and New York reviews place The First Forest alongside Charlotte's Web, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Giving Tree, and other classics. "The book relays the value of both concern for each other and for the environment." — Publishers Weekly
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• Reading Coordinators' National Read, America! Classic Selection
• Scholastic Canada Book Club Selection
• Chicago Tribune Best-Seller List four consecutive holiday seasons

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Keeping First Things First

"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
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Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!
• National Read, America! Selection
• Reading Is Fundamental Book List
• Teachers' Choice Award Winner
• Scholastic Book Club Selection
• The Perfect Book For Title I

When you want your children to want to read . . .

Very worthwhile book,
M. J. Smith, Verified Amazon Purchase
     This book has an important message for every young person. The illustrations will draw the child into the story. With so many kids not reading a lot, this should be on the must read list. My hat's off to John for another great book.

A great wish can come true! Florence M. Smith, Verified Amazon Purchase
     Do wishes still come true? Well, the greatest wish does come true to a little boy. Unbeknownst to this young lad, he takes an imaginary journey one night into a world where he is unable to read. By the end of the story the the young child wakes up in his bed and heads directly to his bookshelf relieved to find out that he does indeed know how to read. This book will foster a love for reading to any reader, young and old.

A great read-aloud, Lisa D.
     This is a great book for elementary students. I read this aloud in my elementary library. Each picture is a gem for the kids to try and figure out why the boy wishes he could read as he heads toward different pitfalls of trouble. The kids love that if only he could read, he would be A-OK.
Then at the end there is the joy of knowing it was just a bad dream.
It's a great book.

A MUST for all Elementary Education teachers! Verified Amazon Purchase
     I really liked this book because it shows children, in a fun way, why it is important for them to know how to read. To be safe, children need to know how to read signs, to know where there is potential danger. That's only a small part of the importance of functional literacy, but a very important one.

Great read for your child, M Squared, Verified Amazon Purchase
     There is nothing as important as a child wanting to read. The fun story and beautiful illustrations make this story a treat.

     Review by Olga Gize Carlile: "makes children want to be readers"

     Secretary of State Literacy Office, Illinois State Library: "Oh, 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."

     Publishing Profile: "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 vocabulary development book What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This?

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What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This?
"What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This? is fun to read. The drawings are clever. But what makes the book so special is that it's a manifesto for literacy... An understanding of words and an ability to use words is one of the greatest gifts that a parent can give a child." — J. Snively, Review
"Happy are children with caring adults
who help them discover the power of words."

"Happy are children with caring adults who help them discover the power of words."

"What Is That Thing? Whose Stuff Is This? provides the same practical motivation for vocabulary development that Oh, How I Wished I Could Read! provides for reading power. Author John Gile uses lyrically written text to capitalize on the phonological awareness dimension of rhythm and rhyme in writing as he takes us on a whimsical tour of amusing and confusing situations we would face in a world without word power. It's a book parents and teachers can enjoy themselves as they use it to help children understand the key role of words in our lives, the connection between reading and vocabulary development (what Gile calls "word power"), and how the words we say to each other can harm and hurt or help and heal."Publishing Profile

" . . . In Dr. Seuss style
. . . a delightfully whimsical account . . . Beginning with a time "when words and names were unknown, when people lived in caves and trees," . . .  The book is funny and entertaining, and gets the message across in a free-flowing, rib-tickling way." — S. Johnson, Review
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