Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Parents Encouraging Their Children to Read: An Incomplete List

and be sure to ask staff for assistance.

Maybe they'll be a dynamo like Cindy Dobrez @ your library, eager to help a child choose the right book.

Link to December 6 North American Precis Syndicate news release at nj.com, "Inspiring Children to Become Lifelong Readers".

Excerpt: According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, the media landscape is changing rapidly. Kids ages 8−18 are now spending an average of more than 7 hours, 30 minutes per day with media. While parental involvement is critical, it ultimately comes down to inspiring the individual child not only to read books, but to find their own passion about reading in all forms. Reading can include printed media as well as online newspapers, magazines, blogs, games and anything on a phone.

Here are a few tips to help get your kids reading:
• Find authors your child likes to build connections and excitement about reading.
• Choose all kinds of books, such as nonfiction, fiction and certain themes. It exposes them to various kinds of literature and also helps them determine their personal preference.
• Suggest books that build on personal experiences such as friendship, family, trips, pets or sports.
• Find the book award winners at your school library or public library.
• Suggest that your child visit sites such as www.read.gov, where children can discover, learn and experience the joys of reading.

From Inspiring Literacy: Literature for Children and Young Adult (1993), page 130. 

Still required reading, at least in the public library course I teach, "Creating the Library Habit" was published in the February 15, 1985, issue of Library Journal.

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