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Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between

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A program for parents and professionals on how to raise kids who love to read, featuring interviews with childhood development experts, advice from librarians, tips from authors and children's book publishers, and reading recommendations for kids from birth up to age five.

Every parent wants to give his or her child a competitive advantage. In Born Reading, publishing insid
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Touchstone
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Once upon a long, long, long time. . . in a faraway land. . . a land faraway. . . where the kiss of the Princess floats down from the ramparts, and gives the Prince courage, the dragon to slay, where Arabian midnights and Black Forest bowers shine with genies and faeries and wizardly powers. . . where the sea blue is bluer than bluest cornflowers and deeper than church steeples. . . towers upon towers . . . where the littlest mermaid floats up in the night and breasts the dark waters, and sings
Eustacia Tan
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
When I read the introduction, I thought this was going to be a stuffy book. I'm not sure why, since it talks about how he used his reading journey with his daughter, but I suppose the style of writing and the repeated use of the term "interactive reading" scared me a little. But, when I actually started reading this book, I was surprised by how easy to read it was.

Oh, and if you're wondering why I'm reading this book when I'm neither a parent nor expecting (I'm not even married or attached!), it
Derrick Schneider
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's tempting to ponder what readers will get out of this book, since the kind of person who picks it up is likely to be someone like me or my wife: a voracious reader who wants to make sure they pass on that love to their child. But then they'll discover that they're already doing most of the stuff in the book!

But I've actually gotten some useful ideas out of it and some book titles we don't currently have, and I think it would be great for someone who wasn't a voracious reader but wanted their
What a fantastic book! Booklists from baby to kindergarten, smart apps and fun interactive qays to read with all the research and reasoning to back it up. Perfect for bookworms hoping to raise some bookworms. Or at least people who read for pleasure 😍
Barb Middleton
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jason Boog cites numerous studies that show interactive reading techniques as best practices for raising your child's intellect and curiosity. Interactive reading isn't just sitting down and reading with your child - even though that is important. Instead, parents need to ask the 5 W's (who, what, when, where, and why), dramatize reading, add music, and read to them every day. Words can give children a way to express emotions and feel control. His book will get children school-ready and he gives ...more
Lots of solid advice here! I was tempted when I started to think that there wasn't going to be much of anything for me to get out of this but I was pleasantly surprised by how much there really was for me to think about. His "Born Reading Playbook" is a great cheat sheet for parents who are wanting to make the most of reading time but aren't sure where to start, and I found myself using it as a mental checklist to make sure I was incorporating the various strategies into my reading with my daugh ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm glad I picked this up because while it didn't offer a lot of earth-shattering advice it did encourage me to think more about how I'm going to actively incorporate reading in my child's life using a variety of different methods. It also forced me to think about things like screen time and how much I'm going to be okay with.

The book recommendations included were a nice touch and Boog makes a point to say these are titles he and his daughter liked and there's a large amount of other titles out
Len Edgerly
Fantastic resource for parents, grandparents et al

This book is a goldmine of ideas, research, personal experience, and wisdom about how to introduce babies and children to the joys of reading in the fast-evolving digital age. Boog makes the story personal and entertaining by weaving in the reading experiences of his daughter, Olive. You'll never read a book to a child the same after reading Born Reading. You will be asking questions, playing games, and tapping the imagination in ways that will t
Probably one of the best kid-raising books I've read so far. 100% recommended for every new and soon-to-be-new parent. ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this from a librarian perspective to understand what parents are experiencing with raising kids in today's media-saturated world, and finding more opportunities where libraries can help parents. Boog created a playbook and guide that walks a reader through the first four to five years of a child's life and what literary milestones to be looking to hit during those years. The text is very easy to read, and peppered with anecdotes of the author's experience with his own daughter that provid ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the Born Reading playbook and the easy way this breaks it down on how to encourage your child to interact with books (and ebooks and apps) better. In just a few days of implementing a few of the first strategies, I've already seen a marked language boost in my son.

I took half a star away because a lot of the book seemed to just be a story of "oh, my kid is so smart, look what she did" though, I really don't feel like Mr. Boog meant to do this. I also took another star away because it felt
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Starting off citing research supporting significant IQ benefits to specific styles of reading with kids is strong and convincing to keep me hooked. Loved the fact that this book didn't outright dismiss screens but talked about HOW to use them as a form of media and evaluate the educational value of different apps with specific recommendations. This gets a little repetitive as each chapter sorted by age could probably be summarized "be animated, excited, and genuinely work with your child's inter ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Great and easy read about effective methods of reading with children. Highly recommend to any parents. As a librarian, I definitely was familiar with many points, but it served as a good reminder of techniques that I can share with parents. It helped as a refresher. I like that there are app and tech recommendations, and although those might change over time, the focus of the book is really on the methods that we can use when reading with children, which will always be applicable no matter what ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, youth-lib
I wish I had infinity copies of this book to hand out to new parents in the library where I work. Boog's writing style is so engaging and accessible and his message so valuable that I think this should be a standard text for anyone involved in early literacy, parents, educators and librarians alike. ...more
Kimberly Patton
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I got through most of this before I had to turn it back in to the library. Very good resource for those wanting to teach their kids about reading right away. It has tons of techniques to focus on with early learners and the book is geared for beginner parents. I am looking forward to using his book guides in the future.
Lisa Petronio
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my second time reading this book. Each time, I read the chapters that pertain to the girls’ ages. This is fantastic for the under 6 crowd, offering suggestions for interactive reading, appropriate digital tools and recommended books for each year from birth through Kindergarten. As an avid readers, I enjoyed this perspective on how to share my love for reading with my children.
Megan Close Zavala
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an accessible read that got extremely repetitive by the end. Perhaps that was the point, but it took some of the fun out of an otherwise informative and enjoyable read. Learning more about the Common Core standards was scary, but I now have a ton of new book recommendations for my little reader!
Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I really appreciate Jason’s passion for childhood literacy, as it is something near and dear to my own heart. Jason does a great job of talking about the importance of interactive reading with young children. I do feel like Jason was a tad heavy with his personal narratives about his daughter… Overall in comparison with some of the other books on childhood literacy, this was not my favorite.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written and broken into age groups. I feel like I will reference this again later because we haven't reached 2 years old yet. Great book recommendations too. ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has lots of helpful resources. I liked that the author included digital media for reading and learning. I found lots of new books to read.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was okay but truly became a bore. I felt he repeated the same concepts a million ways.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable book about reading Jason Boog was raised a reader. So when his daughter Olive was born he wanted to instill the same love of books as he was, while balancing new technologies like smartphones and tablets.
The book is divided year by year (mostly) of age and cognitive-stage appropriate books for the littlest readers. From reading books to babies even though they won't understand the content to balancing out how a toddler can use a smartphone to enhance the learning experience of a bo
Miriam Downey
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

Recently I observed a strange thing. Only one grandson did any recreational reading on his own. The others read when they were forced to read or when a parent read to them. How is this possible when their grandmother reads voraciously? Additionally, I noted my toddler grandson knew how to swipe my iPhone to get to the games. So, when I noticed that a librarian I greatly admire, Betsy Bird of the New York Public Library, had writt
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, library
This was a fast read geared towards parents who want to impart their love of reading to their children and help balance digital and physical media. Boog did a nice job taking a non-alarmist approach to the vast array of digital resources available for children and focused instead on how to use these to augment traditional reading resources. It is rare that I've seen that approach.

Each chapter is dedicated to an age range and offers suggestions on traditional books and digital media that might be
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Lots of parenting books claim that parents SHOULD do this and SHOULD do that. Jason Boog's book presents recommendations from pediatricians, teachers, and librarians but also presents his own experiences raising his daughter, Olive, and makes no claims that this is the ONLY way to raise a child. He encourages parents to find a balance that works for them, especially in regards to books versus apps, and that no one format is better than another -- instead, it is how parents use them.

Boog presents
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a librarian and a parent, I was obviously already sold on the idea of encouraging reading. This book is really quite good, and suggests a lot of activities for very young children to help prepare them for reading, focusing on the earliest stages. My child is already in fourth grade and this book is more for new parents or those with kids 5 & under, so I didn't find much that I could actually use.
Despite the prominent mention of 'the best apps...' on the cover, I was relieved to see that the
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The introductory chapter really is a great summary of the most important info. in the book - if you continue on, each chapter has good book suggestions and I also liked the short 5 point "Storytelling Lessons", and suggestions for quality apps for kids. This can be a wonderful guide for new parents, and parents who don't really know where to start. As a public librarian, I will be sharing the interactive reading message with as many parents as I can, and promoting the book. Unfortunately, I beli ...more
Danni Green
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although I'm not a parent, I found this book really interesting because it covers a lot of issues relating to reading development that I hadn't given a lot of consideration before. I really appreciated the anecdotes illustrating the author's own child's progression through different stages of readership and how that related to her development in other ways. The attention to technological advancements such as audiobooks, apps, and "screen time" was very informative; these were things my parents n ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, this is actually, a totally awesome book for parents and educators of young children to own. I am an assistant youth librarian, mother of 3 and teacher, and while I love checking out books from the library, this is a book that I highly recommend purchasing so that you can refer to it over time. The book covers reading from birth to age 5 and gives tips on good books and apps to share with your children along with how you should be sharing things with them and the developmental reasons why in ...more
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