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Boog makes a strong argument for why caregivers of children ages birth to five need not simply read aloud, but also interact with children to ensure maximum nurturing and brain development. In fact, he states early on that "hospitals should be handing out interactive reading pamphlets along with diapers as new parents head home." He tackles the digital debate as well. While suggesting that parents try to adhere to the American Academy of Pediatrics policy advising zero screen time for children under two years of age, he advocates that any time a child spends on an electronic device should be as interactive as possible. Calling his collection of reading/interacting strategies "the born reading playbook," the author gives practical and smart advice, along with explanations of the 15 skills detailed throughout the book—all without sounding preachy. While some of his ideas are commonplace ("ask lots of questions" and "read together"), other suggestions ("follow the things your child loves" and "guide your child beyond what they already know") might be novel ideas for parents unsure about how to effectively read aloud to young children. Each chapter lists 10 suggested books to share. Chapters are arranged by age, and as the levels increase, so too do Boog's suggestions for how to use books and digital devices. "Born Reading Bundles" are a combination of print books and multimedia activities to share with children. His conclusion focuses on the Common Core State Standards, noting that "parents will have to do more work outside the classroom to encourage…individual interests." He also notes that his born reading playbook skills tie into the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. This will be a useful title for all libraries to include in both their parenting and professional reading collections.—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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“A great resource for anyone who wants to help children love to read.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)

"A paean to the advantages interactive reading gives children by the time they reach preschool." (Publishers Weekly)

"Offers insightful tips from Boog’s own experiences as a father as well as from researchers with decades of expertise in the fields of literacy, child development, parenting, and education. ...Packed with invaluable bits of advice designed to create curious, enthusiastic, and lifelong learners." (Allison Irwin, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts)

"I seriously don't have enough good things to say about this book. . . . He’s this generation’s Jim Trelease. This book is awesome, and I think it's one that should find its way into school curriculum for teachers and librarians." (The Novel World)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476749795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476749792
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MSosostris on July 16, 2014
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As a reading researcher and professor in an elementary education program, I can vouch for everything Boog says about reading to your children. And as a parent, I whole-heartedly agree with everything he has to say about digital devices and television. I've had to feel my way through with my children--Boog gives good advice here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zan's Mama on July 15, 2014
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I've been researching early literacy issues since my child was a toddler, more than 6 years ago and this is by far the most thoughtfully written and parent-centered title I've found. It is part memoir, non-fiction research resource and practical guide for raising a reader, age-by-age. I worried that my little one wouldn't love reading as much as I do, but so far I've been lucky to have a young reader under my guidance. This book has given me even more incentive to continue my efforts. The gift of not only being able to read, but 'loving' the process of reading, learning and appreciating literature is something that will give your child an advantage, no matter where they go in life!
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Bought this book for my 3 adult daughters to share as they start their families. I could not put it down. So much important information in this book that I just ordered a copy for all of us. It is a bible for how to teach children to love reading. Forget the hundreds of dollars on toys and buy this book. Also it would be a wonderful baby gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hangin' ten on July 31, 2014
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You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me. —Strickland Gillian
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Len Edgerly on August 13, 2014
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This book is a goldmine of ideas, research, personal experience, and wisdom about how to introduce babies and children to the joys of reading in the fast-evolving digital age. Boog makes the story personal and entertaining by weaving in the reading experiences of his daughter, Olive. You'll never read a book to a child the same after reading Born Reading. You will be asking questions, playing games, and tapping the imagination in ways that will transform you both.
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