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Codell (Educating Esme) has amassed an exuberant treasure trove for parents who want to help their children develop a love of reading. A strong believer in reading aloud, Codell gives an admiring nod to the work of Jim Trelease (The Read-Aloud Handbook), while presenting her own theory that interest (finding the right books for the child), integration (using reading as a springboard into other disciplines) and invention (when a child's unique ideas are inspired by the writing) can make the difference in how a youngster approaches reading. Codell, a teacher and librarian, resists grouping books by age level, explaining, "don't let somebody else's scoring system define your child, and don't let reading levels level your child's love of reading." Instead, she offers a simple method for determining whether a book is too difficult while pointing out that kids may listen on a much higher level than they read. The witty, comical "Madame Esme" (as she calls herself) offers scores of thematic book lists parents can use to inspire young readers, ranging from topics as diverse as medieval England to dinosaurs or hiccups. Covering a vast spectrum of subjects and authors, Codell casts a wide net as she builds a magical literary bridge between home and school. With appendixes of Caldecott and Newbery winners present and past, the book is akin to having one's own personal children's librarian at one's fingertips. Codell creates a contagious enthusiasm for the enormous value of children's literature, which will leave parents primed for their next trip to the library or bookstore.
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I absolutely love this book. It is an amazing resource that is delightfully composed by a wonderful author/mommy/reader/book-lover. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by kirving
I was tired of going to the library and checking out books for my children only to get home and find they were boring, empty, or even confusing for my children. Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by DM Michaels
Inspired by a potato on her kitchen table, Esmé Raji Codell wrote this book to let parents know that just as a potato is "plentiful and versatile" (p 3) so too is children's... Read morePublished on May 6, 2008 by Robin Kilburn
I thought it was a book on how to get my child to read, to enjoy reading. The title is deceptive. Instead, its a book advertising other books and it doesn't even tell you what... Read morePublished on April 23, 2008 by Cynthia Patterson
This book is loaded with great ideas! I school my children at home and love to find any type of book activities to encourage reading. There is so much in this book. Read morePublished on March 24, 2008 by Kathy R. Young
I am very pleased with this purchase and found it to be a great value. I didn't realize what a huge book I would receive and I am thrilled with the information crammed inside. Read morePublished on July 4, 2007 by booklover
This book is packed with great ideas, methods, and resources to inspire children and parents for reading activities. My family enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished on March 4, 2006 by Gloria Houk