SOCIAL SCIENCES

How To Raise a Reader: Fostering a Love of Books, from Birth to Teens

Workman. Sept. 2019. 216p. illus. by Dan Yaccarino & others. index. ISBN 9781523505302. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781523508525. CHILD REARING
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New York Times Book Review editors Paul and Russo are the perfect candidates to guide us in raising children who love reading. Colorful and visually pleasing, this attractive text shares not only book lists but also “must-knows” for each age level, from toddlers to teens. For instance, reading for babies should involve all their senses, while four month olds appreciate lift-the-flap pages and feeling the textures of a book, as children are starting to develop good hand control at this age. Interruptions aren’t a bad thing, state the authors, as they reveal whether your toddler is engaged and remind adults that each child views the world through their own eyes. Chapter ideas range from helping new readers engage other readers to building conversations and friendships around books to why paying for some downloads on Audible or iTunes may be the key to keeping your teen reading.
VERDICT Bold and bright illustrations combine with varied recommendations for instilling a love of reading in children of all ages; a must-purchase for all collections.

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