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How to Raise a Reader

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  138 reviews
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
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
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.
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 ...more
Little known fact: I have a master's in education, and I have helped create and implement literacy programs for people of all ages. I have read lots of books about how to get kids interested in books, and How to Raise a Reader is among the best. I love the authors' approachable style, and I appreciate the inclusive nature of their recommendations. We'll be using this at Avid Bookshop as a resource to find books for various challenges and rites of passage in young readers' lives.
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?

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
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
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. ...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
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 ...more
Michele Karpinske
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full of good suggestions & book recommendations!
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
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
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.
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
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.
Arpita Shrivastava
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful literacy resource for parents addressing the various reading stages in a child’s life with book lists that are balanced with new and old favorites. It’s also a useful book for librarians as it offers a perspective regarding growing readers from birth to adulthood and offers considerations on topics books address that parents may be fearful about.

I’m definitely purchasing this book!
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For those who need a little push on why reading is a great idea, this book has it all! It offers reading lists, eye-catching book covers and again, lots of compelling reasons why reading is important in life.

Thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
Paige Dan
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a new mom and as a librarian this book is full of practical advice for raising readers. Paul and Russo are current and conversational. I’d recommend this book to anyone invested in leading the children in their lives- from infancy to teens- to love the magic of books.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a mom of 3 kids and someone who enjoys books about books, I knew I wanted to request to review "How to Raise a Reader" by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo on Netgalley. Paul and Russo are editors of The New York Times Book Review.

This book has good ideas for encouraging exactly what the title says and is organized by general age range from baby through young adult. Each section has a discussion on developmental stages with regard to reading and a short selection (30 or so) of book ideas.

At the end
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
There wasn’t anything earth-shattering here, but I think that is kind of the point. You want to raise a reader? Provide your kids with access to books starting at a young age and let them choose what they want to read. It’s that simple, folks. I liked how the authors divided this into sections by age and provided tips for each stage. I’m always weary, though, of books that provide so many book lists because in a year’s time it will already be dated. This would make a great baby shower gift.
Roy Kenagy
Oct 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Kelsey Maloof
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved the vision and philosophy behind raising readers and creating a literacy-loving environment for children! Practical tips throughout for every age.

Didn’t love some of the book recommendations - feel like they could’ve chosen SO many other great books, but still helpful to have!
Stacy Wittenberg
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Some good nuggets of info here, but very similar to other read aloud books (Jim Trelease's, Sara Mackenzie's).... Nothing too new. A nice resource section at the end with recommendations.
Melody Riggs
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but I wouldn’t say much about it was new information for me (but I’m also an elementary media specialist/librarian). However, I think this is a good “keep on the shelf” book to refer fro when your kiddos are stuck. It’s also going to be my new go-to book for new parents.
Kelly Tarr
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! This is a wonderful, concise, easy-to-read guide for any parent or caregiver interested in fostering a life-long love of reading in a child. I liked the format - chapters based on age/reading level with a few suggested titles/authors/series. Each chapter offered easy to understand basics about the role reading plays at different developmental levels, how a caregiver can support and encourage reading, and even suggested language changes or behaviors that will send positive ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The tips are mostly obvious, but the recommended reading lists are fun to check out & brought some new titles to my attention.
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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 ...more