If I could have written the perfect book that would get kids reading, this would be it. It’s The Book With No Pictures, by B. J. Novak (you’ll know him from the American version of The Office–he was the young intern, Ryan. Oh, and he wrote the friggin’ series. And, like, […]
GUEST POST By Andy McNaby There are lots of great reasons why your kid should read to a dog. Yes, read to a dog. It’s a good idea, particularly if a child is a poor reader or afraid of speaking in public. Dogs are non-judgmental listeners, who just want to sit and adore […]
If there’s only one thing you do to boost your children’s literacy, read to them. Read, read, read to them. Doesn’t have to be long, but it does have to be frequent. As often as you can. Every night is the ideal, but as often as you can. There’s a […]
If you’re trying to get your kid to read more, a great way to do that is to connect them to the book, in real life. And one of the best ways to do that is to attend a book launch. Some facts about book launches 1) They’re free! (And they even […]
Reading to children during the first three years of their life is so important that the American Academy of Pediatrics has just included it in recommendations to new parents. Starting this week, the more than 62,000 pediatricians in the U.S. will not only give the usual breast-feeding and immunization advice […]
My picture book, Gabby, is coming out this September. I’m excited! The illustrations are by Jan Dolby and it’s published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. I’ll be doing some readings in schools, book stores and at Word On The Street to publicize the book. I sewed and stuffed some fabric letters to […]
Photo by Dan Smith, Wikimedia Commons I was talking to a mom today about a child who is having some trouble with reading comprehension. In other words, he reads a paragraph and has trouble understanding and summarizing what he’s just read. He also isn’t reading a lot—possibly he doesn’t enjoy […]
To a pre-reader, words aren’t the main attraction. As a parent, you can read the words to your child sometimes… and then other times, don’t be afraid to ignore the words. You can go through an entire picture book with your toddler, pointing to the pictures and talking about them. Identify […]
I resolve not to burst my kid’s bubble. I’ve been noticing lately that kids are subjected to a lot of scolding. The problem with scolding is that it can so easily be the cold bucket of water that douses the flames of creativity. Here’s what I mean. Kid: “Hey mom, […]
Here’s why we say you should “scatter books around the house.”
I want you to watch this exciting speech by Sugata Mitra on TED.com that illustrates the extent to which kids can teach themselves.
Through his “Hole in the Wall” project he conducted a series of experiments in 1999.