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How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul & Maria Russo

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Book Summary:

“Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? Or curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer’s Stone, or the fate of the “one ring to rule them all?” So now, as parents, how do you instill in your kids that timeless, time-stopping, and extremely valuable joy of reading?

Written by Pamela Paul, who oversees all book coverage at The New York Times, and Maria Russo, the children’s book editor at the Times—and inspired by their 2018 article that went viral instantly, reaching hundreds of thousands of Times readers—How to Raise a Reader combines clear practical advice, wisdom, inspiration, tips, lists, and insider know-how to give parents all the tools they need to instill a love of reading in their children.

Divided into four sections that correspond to the child’s age and reading level, from baby to teenager—and whimsically illustrated by a different children’s book artist per section—each page of the book offers something useful: how to develop rituals around reading, best ways to make reading a family activity, how to engage a reluctant reader, why not to push Harry Potter too early, building a library. There are “Pro Tips for Reading Out Loud,” “What to Look for in Middle-Grade Graphic Novels,” “When Teenagers Take Reading Time-Outs,” and so much more. Including an extensive final chapter listing “Books to Love by Theme and Reading Level,” an invaluable reference for parents, grandparents, and even kids looking for their next book.

School is where children learn they have to read. Home is where children can learn to love to read—and become readers. And reading, as experts now know, is essential to developing those life skills, like self-regulation and executive function, that make us all-around happier and better adjusted.”

My Rating:


My Review:

Wow, what a treasure! How to Raise A Reader stood out to me as the parent of a middle-grade reader and a new reader in Kindergarten. This book is divided into sections from babies to teenagers. The advice is approachable and relatable and I loved that it was coupled with specific book suggestions and also some types of books you might want to avoid.

How to Raise A Reader would be a great refresher for someone who has been a lifelong reader or really helpful advice for someone who is hoping to incorporate regular reading into their families lives for the first time.

The directory at the end of the book gave wonderful suggestions by not only genre and age groups but also by important messages such as kindness and empathy. Sometimes the number of books that are available to us as parents can feel overwhelming so having a list of suggestions about different topics was a wonderful addition to this book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Do you remember when you fell in love with reading? I think it is easy to look back and feel like reading was always something that I loved but I can’t actually remember the process of learning to read. As a parent to two grade school aged children, we are still in the earlier years of having readers. With our first son, I remember being stressed in kindergarten with him learning how to read. It isn’t a process that comes naturally to everyone and we often worried that he would not love it because it sometimes was such a battle. He loves reading now, but that really didn’t happen until the past couple of years.

The hardest thing for me about parenting is you don’t know in the moment if what you are doing is working. You do your best, but so much of it is trial and error. Now that we have our younger son in kindergarten, we have that perspective that we didn’t have the first time. He will learn how to read, and most likely, he will love it too. We know that just by supporting what he is interested in, reading with him daily and exposing him to books is all we need to be doing right now.

I think it is easier to worry about how you are parenting your first child just because you haven’t done that parenting stage before. Our kids are definitely different in SO many ways but I love knowing that most things will work out with time. And if they don’t, there are so many resources and supports available to help in our schools and community, and we are so lucky to have that.

Our 8 year old is an early riser like me and often helps me with reading kids book on NetGalley and giving his feedback for my reviews. He recently decided it would be fun to recap his favorite books from last year. 2018 was the first year where he really wanted to read independently and he has really gotten into some book series from the town and school library.  He has been keeping track of his favorites and we thought it would be fun to share on here because I know it is always helpful to have some recommendations for different ages and stages of reading.

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