I’m a believer in kids memorizing words–particularly big words–when they’re learning to read. When I read a young child a book I will often pick out a big, recurring word and talk to them about the first letter, about the shape of the word and how it looks. When we […]
Author: Joyce Grant
This Education Week article summarizes a number of interesting studies to piece together exactly how kids decode written language. Fascinating insights for anyone who is trying to teach a young child how to read. https://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/how-do-kids-learn-to-read.html
Eric Walters wants librarians to help students avoid the summer reading slump. And he’s offering some good stuff to those who do.
There are lots of free, online sites that will let you make a fun word search puzzle. They’re great for car rides, snow (or rainy) days, or any time when your kid says “I’m bored!” And of course, they’re terrific for literacy because the more exposure kids have to words, […]
Maximus Todd series uses many techniques to help dyslexic readers.
Part fairy tale, part magical adventure, Wicked Nix is beautifully written and will spark the imaginations of middle-grade readers. Author Lena Coakley (who I know, but to be fair, in the Canadian kidlit industry most of us know each other) has woven a fascinating tale about a wicked fairy who […]
Getting letters in the mail — snail-mail — can be a great way to get kids interested in reading. With email and texting, kids rarely receive actual mail any more. But we all remember how much fun it is to get an envelope that’s addressed to us. (In fact, even […]
Please check out my interactive mystery story, Mina’s One-Minute Mystery, which I wrote for Math Storytime. Reading apps are great to help get kids reading, because they can use them alone and even have the app “read” the story to them. Mina’s One Minute Mystery can be viewed in an […]
By Jill Jemmett There aren’t any words in this powerfully illustrated picture book about childhood anxiety. That can be a great way to help get kids reading, since children can understand the story from the illustrations alone. The main character in Small Things has little creatures, or demons, that are […]
Do you have a Harry Potter fan in your household? One way to keep kids reading is to take a book series further than the books, themselves. I’ve talked a lot about that on this blog — I call them “book extensions” and they can be movies (Charlie and the […]