Today, we're featuring a guest post from Bianca Schulze (of The Children's Book Review fame!), who has written 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up.
I found myself nodding and grinning while reading this book, and I can say: it's definitely an excellent list that will provide any young reader with many a well-rounded tale.
A guest post from:
Bianca Schulze, Author of 101 Books to Read...
Quarto Press, October 2016
4 Ways to Raise a Reader at Home
Now, as I deepen my existence in the kidlit world, study after study shows that the greater involvement a parent has in their child’s education, the greater success they have with their academic achievements. While many other great book bloggers and I have you covered with what to read with your kids, you may be wondering, what can we do as parents and caregivers at home that will help foster a love of reading?
Read aloud to or with your child everyday
Build reading together into your child’s daily routine. By spending at least 10 minutes a day reading with your child, you are not only providing an environment in which they will prosper academically, you will also be building your own connection with your child.
Read a variety of texts
By reading a variety of genres, from funny to fantasy to non-fiction, kids are more likely to remain engaged in regular reading time. It also provides an opportunity to gain exposure to characters and situations that one might not encounter in their daily life—this in turn can give a child a greater understanding of the world around them.
Go together to the library or local bookstore
Well, first of all, visiting the library is the most cost effective way to provide your child with a myriad of book subjects and formats. There is something magical about being surrounded by walls of books in a bookstore or library, and kids feel this. Providing your child with the power of choosing their own book to read next when they have access to so many choices is a surefire way to create a library and/or bookstore lifer (someone who reads for pleasure).
Read using a variety of formats
Maybe you are wondering if your child should read by book or read by nook? How about they read by whatever means available to them and the more variety the better. Keep kids engaged with reading by offering up engaging lit based experiences on a computer or tablet. Listen to audiobooks, have kid-friendly magazines and newspapers lying around (or borrow them from the library), and comics count, too! Reading is reading no matter what the format. And, most importantly, the more fun we make reading experiences the better.
Reading is for everywhere
Reading fun also includes reading quietly inside a fort made of sheets, or by flashlight under the covers, or by smartphone app in a waiting room. Keep a book in the pool bag during summer. Keep a book and a blanket in the car and find somewhere scenic to snuggle on cooler days. Read a cookbook together in the kitchen and bake something delicious. Find an activity book to work on together, read the instructions and then create. You get the idea. Reading can be straight up book-in-hand fun or reading can be deceptively delicious.
About the book:
101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy to sports and nonfiction, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up celebrates the importance of reading and encourages family participation to develop lifelong readers. The perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up helps both kids and parents decide which books to read next!
About the author:
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children in Boulder, Colorado.
You can visit her at www.thechildrensbookreview.com.
Twitter: @TCBRbookreview and @book_mommy