"How to Raise a Reader," by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo. AP
Whether your child is yet-to-be-born, a teenager or somewhere in between, "How to Raise a Reader" has some tips and a whole lot of book recommendations for you.
Authors Pamela Paul and Maria Russo are parents themselves, as well as editors of The New York Times Book Review, and they draw on their experience in both realms in writing this book. They argue: "School is where children learn that they have to read. Home is where kids learn to read because they want to. It's where they learn to love to read."
In order to do that, however, parents need to follow some guidelines. Don't fret about when your child learns to read by himself or herself. ("There is no 'correct' age for independent reading and no special formula for getting every child to read by, say, age 5½.") Hold your tongue when it comes to your child's reading choices. ("There may be some specific aspect of that book that is speaking to your child. Or maybe he just feels like reading something less obviously challenging at the moment.") Above all, practice what you preach. ("If you want to raise a reader, be a reader.") The authors encourage parents to get back to reading themselves if they've let that activity slide, and to foster a culture of reading in the home.
The book is divided by age range, and each section has advice on what to look for in books for that stage, what to be wary of and a list of recommendations. There is also an extensive recommended list in the final section of the book, organized by theme (from "Books That Make Us Laugh" to "Tearjerkers," and "Great Friendship Stories" to "Science and Nature").
"How to Raise a Reader" is a surprisingly easy and quick read. The authors don't delve into the research behind their advice but they do share the summaries. Their take on why bribing kids to read can backfire: "It's an acknowledged psychological truth that 'intrinsic motivation' - having the desire to do something, such as reading, on your own - suffers when the activity is associated with 'external controls' such as reward, punishments, and requirements." Their explanation why you should always reach for the physical book instead of an e-book: "Studies have shown that children, even more than adults, absorb and retain stories better when they read them in print."
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