In A Closer Look at Guided Reading David Hornsby describes clearly and succinctly what guided reading involves, and gives practical and authoritative advice on how to incorporate guided reading into a literacy program. In a guided reading session, the teacher helps students to use strategies they already know to enable them to read an unfamiliar text. It is a powerful teaching procedure that helps children to effectively develop their reading skills and strategies. It encourages children to become independent readers who choose to read for many different purposes throughout their lives. Guided reading is an important strategy for every reading program.