Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do
Everyone agrees that reading is important, but kids today tend to lose interest in reading before adolescence. In Raising Kids Who Read, bestselling author and psychology professor Daniel T. Willingham explains this phenomenon and provides practical solutions for engendering a love of reading that...more
Willingham also fails to acknowledge (or credit) the substantial body of work from ...more
It’s laid out well and flows easily and isn’t too science- based and not too social- based but somewhere in the middle.
My biggest takeaways are ...more
Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel T. Willingham, PhD
This is geared mostly towards getting preschool and elementary students excited about reading and really use a team approach between school and home to make it successful. Strategies are given to fit in time for reading, to make children excited about reading and how to incorporate reading into life. There is a chapter geared towards middle and high school students which is nice and helpful. ...more
"question for parents is how to ensure a sturdy curiosity throughout childhood. The answer is showing that you value curiosity yourself by honoring it in your child and modeling it in your daily ...more
Many of the ideas presented were great! I think I may have used one or two in the ...more
Re: screen time (and why I feel so strongly about limiting it):
1. "Kids need to know that they can depend on themselves - not a screen, not a parent - for ...more
That said, it's comprised of accessible, common-sense, data-and-anecdote-backed approaches to helping children at all different stages to enjoy reading. And that's the main thrust of this book: reading is useful for learning and studying, but to raise fluent, consistent readers, reading needs to be fun.
While I don't think any of Willingham's advice is particularly revolutionary, I appreciate how it's condensed into an easily accessible volume with extensive suggestions for further reading and works cited sections.
I'm not sure how helpful this book would actually be for teachers. But I think it's great for parents.
This book is definitely worth re-reading at different stages in your child's reading development.