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An indispensable guide to welcoming children—from babies to teens—to a lifelong love of reading, written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review.
 
Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer’s Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspi
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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Workman Publishing Company
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Kimberly Dawn
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
How to Raise a Reader is written by two noted writers and experts on children’s books, Pamela Paul and Maria Russo.

How to Raise a Reader could make all the difference in a child’s life and in family life.

This book includes some unique tips and clever strategies to include the sharing of books in family life....and tips to encourage children to read for enjoyment and continue reading throughout their teen years.

Plenty of book recommendations for all ages, babies through young adult, and also bo
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Anne Marie
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ignore this book and go for Jim Trelease's classic Read-Aloud Handbook instead. Beyond the basics of taking your kids to the libraries and to bookstores, filling your house with books, and serving as reading models yourselves, this book has little to offer. The authors refer to research studies without citing their sources, subscribe to the weird premise that parents should keep e-readers and iPads away from their children if they want them to read (it shouldn't be either/or) and believe that it ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Want to ensure your child or grandchild is a reader? This book is for you! Lots of tips, advice and lists of recommended books for children of all ages--and I love lists! From the editors of the New York Times Book Review, this is a reference book you might want to have on the shelf for help picking books for children's gifts. I think it would make a wonderful shower gift, tucked in with a few fun board books.
Andee
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC.

To me, How To Raise a Reader is common sense. After all, I'm a reader, I'm surrounded by readers, I have kids, and I'm a librarian. However, I know that doesn't apply to most people, and for them, this book would be beneficial.

Paul and Russo cover the ages when it comes to reading. I, too, believe the importance of reading words to the tiniest of infants. My go-to baby shower gifts are a selection of my favorite board books. I can see including this book with m
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Katie Fitzgerald
I have read quite a few handbooks for parents who wish to raise book-loving kids, but none have given such dubious advice as this year's How to Raise a Reader by The New York Times Book Review editors Pamela Paul and Maria Russo. (I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley.)

The first red flag for me came in the form of the blanket statement that "[m]any classic children's books are now considered sexist, racist, outdated, and in certain cases, downright awful." This statement sets up th
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Andy
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a visually appealing list of children's books. However, it has higher ambitions, bringing up the science of reading but getting things wrong while failing to give references. For example it proposes that just having lots of books lying around is the way to get kids to read. I have nothing against lots of books in the home, but this misrepresents the research. Reading, as opposed to speaking, is not a natural process that children just pick up. It is an artificial decoding practice that n ...more
Tesha Ham
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book not only for the content, but the purpose of encouraging reading into the newer generations. It is packed full of great tips and ideas, good book recommendations, useful information and things that won't only benefit the child, but the family as whole.

I voluntarily read and received a free ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
You don't realize it. This will be a task you will have to take on one day, be you a parent or a granddad or an uncle: you will have to encourage a child to become a reader.

So how do you do it?

According to Pamela Paul, it's simple really; you create a culture of books. Share books in every way you can.

What books do you choose?

Pamela Paul is ready to help you there, too. She has excellent lists of contemporary children's books for every age.

What about children who don't want to read?

Patience,
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Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Most of my GR friends who are parents are already committed to raising lifelong readers by sharing their passion for books with their children. If this is you, then you may not get much use out of this book, other than to affirm what you have done or are doing right, and to peruse the lists of recommended books and say "read that one, that one, yep that one...". I did exactly this with my daughter last night; she asked what the book was about and this led to perusing the book recommendations; my ...more
LAPL Reads
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pamela Paul and Maria Russo provide helpful advice and guidance about how parents can raise children to be readers, and how to keep those children reading. They lay out methods, guidelines, book lists and positive motivational techniques for parents to follow. In the introduction they present two different reading situations that children and parents face:

"School is where children learn that they have to read. Home is where kids learn to read because they want to. It's where they learn to love
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Marzie
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-net-galley
One of the most common challenges I hear from my blog's readers is their struggle to get their children to keep reading. With so many distractions of an electronic nature, children may seem to have too many alternatives to a good book. What's a parent to do? New York Times Book Review editors Pamela Paul and Maria Russo are full of good ideas and suggestions about common reading pitfalls to avoid.

This book is structured according to developmental stages, from reading to babies, toddlers, primary
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Magan
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the details and specifics for guiding kids to love reading and how to support them at different stages of life. My one complaint is that the book just kind of ... ended. I feel like a big wrap up or conclusion would’ve been helpful.
Arpita (world of a book enthusiast)
This is an inspiring and motivating book written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo. They both are mothers of three kids and experts about children's books.
I think this book is a must-have for all parents who want to raise readers. In fact, as an adult, even I felt so motivated after reading this book. Both the authors have done a great job in writing this book. They have talked about each stage (from a newborn to a teenager) and have mentioned so many tips and tricks so that we can encourage our k
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Melody Schwarting
A visually appealing and list-rich book about reading in the home, by the current editor of the NYT book review (former children's book editor) and the current editor of the NYT children's book review. Between them, they have six children and plenty of experience with raising readers (hint: be the reader you want your children to be).

Worth it for the lists, but honestly I found very little new material here. The value lies in its visual appeal and accessibility to busy parents: each paragraph ha
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vanessa
A great resource primarily for parents who want to raise readers, but also a great resource for librarians, teachers, and other professionals that come in contact with children. It is divided into four main parts: raising a baby and toddler reader (board books & picture books) then an emerging/independent reader (early readers & chapter books), then the middle grade reader, and finally the YA reader. The final section has book lists based on appeal and genre for the different age groups. Great b ...more
Genevieve Trono
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 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
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Darla
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a Children's Librarian and I found this to be full of practical tips on turning children into lifetime readers. Tips are organized by age and the book has an almost conversational style -- like chatting at a playgroup. Includes colorful illustrations and well-organized recommendations. They mentioned many of my favorites and gave me some ideas for my next school visit. The librarian in me was cheering as they mentioned the many benefits of having a library card and visiting your local libra ...more
Michele Karpinske
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full of good suggestions & book recommendations! ...more
Rachael Marsceau
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
As you can see from my shameless clogging of your feed, the best thing I got out of this was the wonderful book suggestions for my little readers! I didn't agree with lots of the philosophies presented here, but like I said, the BOOK LISTS. Also, the first section of the book is illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, whose work I'm beginning to love. Would recommend to any book nerds like myself just because it's fun to read about reading.
Brittney
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the introduction, Pamela Paul (editor of NYT book review) says even on days when she has nothing left to give, she can sit down and read a book with her kids. That's the kind of person I want my book recommendations from.
Jenna Iden
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley (thanks, NetGalley!) and was tickled to find I liked this book as much as I did. This feels like the parent companion to voices in education like Donalyn Miller and Penny Kittle. It talks more about prolonging readaloud snuggle time into elementary school than an aggressive dream of high test scores in teenagedom. I agree with other reviews that it would make a darn perfect baby shower present.

The book is divided into parts, tackling babyhood, toddlerdom, early r
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Katie
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-love
I highly recommend this book that is both a how-to guide to ensure a lifetime love of reading and a compilation of age-appropriate recommendations. I worried that with a nine- and 12-year-old, I found this too late, yet, while I would’ve liked to read it 12 years ago, it is timely for parents of kids of all ages through high school.
Stephanie
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading is magic. Raising readers is DOUBLE MAGIC.

I loved this book. It’s so important to read to and with your children. I’m all for another wonderful resource to spread this notion.

This book is jam-packed with tips, reading resources, and empowering literacy based knowledge for the entire family.

There are even book suggestions for each age group.

If you are looking for a book to foster and cultivate your love of reading, this book is for you.

Thanks to NetGalley for an advance readers copy
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Emily Gardner
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! The first part of the book pertains to everyone. Sets up the context of the benefits and importance of reading to children in the home. Then the book is categorized by types/ages of readers. I skimmed through the older ages since it's irrelevant to me right now, but I plan to refer back to this book over the years.
Anna
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I had fun with this one. Not a lot of it was new for me, but it had some great tips. Also TONS of book recommendations which is my favorite thing ever.
Leah
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: browsed
The book lists are great for readers advisory
Chris
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. I want to buy a copy for every expecting and new (and not new) parent I know, as it distills everything I could think to tell them (and more) from my 20+ year career as a librarian into clear, concise tidbits. The reading recommendations are excellent; the advice (and philosophy behind it) indispensable. I've said many of the same things myself, but they say it better. If you have children, this book is for you.
Rita
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
While the message is 90% about modeling being a reader. It's a great quick resource for genre and age specific books.
Sarah
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book full of practical tips to foster reading and love of books in children. It includes lists of suggested books for different age groups. The clean layout is accented with lovely color illustrations, which show readers of many skin tones.

I received an ARC. The book will be released on September 3, 2019.
Ann Singer-Clark
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hope to raise my boys to love to devour and read books as I do. The book recommendations were my favorite part. Recommendations are divided by age and genre.
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Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The Times. She also hosts the weekly Book Review podcast. She is the author of five books, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, By the Book, Parenting, Inc., Pornified, and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, Paul was a contributor to T ...more

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