Why ALL Readers Should Build A Reading Toolkit

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

A toolkit is defined as a set of tools designed to be used together or for a particular purpose.

Something that helps make a job or task easier. It’s so important to always have the right tools for the job.

Scrapbookers have their overabundance of supplies to make just the right page for every occasion or set of pictures that will make other scrapbookers envious.

Painters have all the right tools to make the job of painting easier and more effective. Think about what would happen to their painting business if they did not have the right tools to complete a job they were hired to do. They probably would not get good reviews and would not be recommended to others.

Auto mechanics have all the right tools to take cars and engines apart and put them back together, so they run faster, louder or stronger. Whatever their preference. Think about the Indy 500… What if the pit crew didn’t have the right tools to get the job done? Would their team even be in contention?

Readers are the same! Readers need the right tools to get the job done effectively and efficiently!

Reading Is A Complex Process

When we take the process and break it down into smaller more manageable pieces, readers who are developing their skill set can wrap their heads around each little piece of the process. Then they will eventually be able to connect all the pieces together and build their comprehension repertoire of skills—their toolkit!

Pictured above is the Reading Toolkit Starter Pack.

So, let’s get to a reader’s toolkit! What would be included…

The Reader’s Toolkit

First, I think the most important tool in a reader’s toolkit is their Reader’s Notebook! The reading notebook holds all the reader’s thinking, tips, tricks, strategies, goals and his or her whole readerly life. The best mechanic has a toolkit. The best chef has all the necessary cooking tools within an arm’s reach. So, why shouldn’t every reader have the same!