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"Book Smart is a big, generous treasure trove of information and instruction for parents. Zibulsky and Cunningham are passionate about the life of the mind and about how reading out loud to our children enriches their cognitive development and education, our families, and the entire community. Written in a clear, vivid style, the book is a perfect blend of practical advice and the theoretical and experimental reasons behind it."
-- Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Tinkers
"This isn't a book that you'll read once and then put on a shelf. You'll pick it up and use it at every age and stage your child experiences on the path to reading success."
-- Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Inc.
"Book Smart, by top scholars, offers a reliable and up-to-date summary of what helps children become better readers. The emphasis on the spoken word - on reading aloud to children and on direct spoken interchanges between children and caregivers (unusual in a book on reading) is well established in research, is enormously important, and is especially welcome. Congratulations!"
-- E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities, University of Virginia; Author of The Knowledge Deficit and Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know
"[Book Smart] is a wonderful resource, a book that I read from cover-to-cover. Parents will find the most comprehensive information about reading to date and the crucial skills that are essential for its development. But what distinguishes this book among all the others is that while these authors are pre-eminent in the field of reading, they write with an eye carefully calibrated to their audience... These authors have masterfully unlocked the black box of learning to read in a way that never loses the passion and sheer intelligence they bring to their subject. It is a joy to read and will become a well-worn guide for parents and students of reading."
--Susan B. Neuman, Professor and Chair, Teaching and Learning Department, NYU; Co-Editor, Reading Research Quarterly; former Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education
"Written in parent-speak, Book Smart morphs the latest findings on reading development into fun activities and advice. Thank you Cunningham and Zibulsky for giving parents the toolkit that will help them raise literate, book-happy kids who learn to savor words and to inhabit new worlds through the printed page. Bravo!"
--Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Professor of Psychology, Temple University
About the Author
Anne E. Cunningham is Professor of Cognition and Development at University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Education.
Jamie Zibulsky is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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One unique thing about this book is that it explained the general principles for supporting children's early literacy and language development in language that makes sense, making it easy for parents and teachers to pick and modify literacy activities for their children based on the research-supported principles. What I found particularly helpful about this part of the book was that these activities can be tailored to children’s individual needs and will effectively promote their literacy development (like building vocabulary, learning letter names and sounds, decoding and comprehending complex text, but also learning to love reading).
The wonderful resources that Book Smart provided are not only for English as native speakers, but also for English as Second or Foreign Language speakers. ELL teachers or parents will find this book to be an abundant resource in fostering their children’s English learning. It's a book I know I'll come back to time and time again. Book Smart provides many cognitive tools and literacy activities that are essential for beginning English learners but usually ignored by ELL teachers and parents in/from Chinese-speaking countries. Book Smart is a productive toolbox for them to successfully support children learning to read.
The book contains lots of practical activities and methods of incorporating the love of reading into everyday life. This is a book to keep on a handy bookshelf in your child's room and pick up as often as possible. Kudos to the authors!
One of my favorite things about the book is that it identifies opportunities for learning and growth in everyday experiences from car rides to bedtime to trips to the zoo, and it makes reading (and talking and listening) a fun and meaningful part of the parent-child relationship.
I really liked how the authors’ emphasis both head and heart. The last chapter on social emotional development did a great job tying everything together. The authors describe the powerful role that reading with your child can have in bringing about a shared level of closeness and warmth, and in fostering the child’s social emotional development.
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Not only is this book a great resource for parents, it is also a great resource for teachers, psychologists, students and really anyone interested in learning more about reading... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kristy
As a father of three adorable bilingual children I’m highly interested in promoting the reading skills of my children in both languages. Read morePublished 12 months ago by nngffff
As someone who is teaching in kindergarten classroom, this book was incredibly helpful in both understanding the range of early development of my students and providing me with... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julia Guy
Finally! A book that is engaging, easy to read, smart and research-based and practical all at the same time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Reader
Do you want your child to spend a Saturday cuddled up with a good book? Book Smart is such a powerful tool for empowering parents with strategies that will foster a genuine love... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sabina Bragg
This book provides a model of how to successfully bridge the research-to-practice gap. It is based on seminal and current research but is written in an accessible manner for all... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robin C. Irey
The thing that makes this book worth buying is that there is something in it for everyone. There are tools for parents of gifted readers, and children learning English as a second... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Danielle Fleming
Book Smart was an incredibly enjoyable read, full of practical ideas for families to use when teaching their children literacy skills. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kristan Stewart
Book Smart is a great resource for parents looking to learn more about childhood reading and how to best support their growing child's mind. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Renee Starowicz