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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1 edition (June 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565123085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565123083
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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About the Author

A nationally renowned advocate for literacy and literature-based instruction, Esmé Raji Codell is today "one of the nation's most sought-after voices for empowering teachers" (People) and a "Superstar of Education" (Scolastic Instructor). Esmé has been interviewed on CBS This Morning, CNN, C-SPAN’s Book Talk, and NPR. The author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading as well as award-winning books for children, Esmé lives with her husband and son in Chicago, where she spent many years as an educator in Chicago public schools and now runs the popular children's literature Web site PlanetEsme.com and the unique literary salon, the PlanetEsme Bookroom.

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Many creative ideas for parents wanting to instill a love of reading abound here, making How To Get Your Child To Love Reading very strongly recommended.
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This book is packed with great ideas, methods, and resources to inspire children and parents for reading activities.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By F. Hamilton on September 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
_How to Get Your Child to Love Reading_ was conceived when Esmé was staring at a shriveled potato that was sprouting eyes. She wondered, " . . . if I had a potato, nothing but a potato, how could I teach a classroom full of children? Well, I could cut a potato in half. (I can use the paring knife from my own kitchen, right?) We could review fractions. With one half, I could cut a design and do potato prints. We could plant the eyes from the other half of the potato (it can have eyes, right?) and grow more potatoes, charting their growth." The ideas cascade: writing a story about a potato, making a book of potato recipes or potato poems, making potato stamps of all the letters, teaching reading, getting books from the library about potatoes, talking about the Irish potato famine, writing letters to executives about potato chips or Mr. Potato Head.
The preceding excerpt illustrates the boundless creativity of author Esmé Raji Codell. On this first page she establishes the metaphor that recurs throughout _How to Get Your Child to Love Reading_: "Children's literature is our national potato." It is the seed that, through its many shoots, can help our children become caring, educated citizens.
Although the cover dubs _How to Get Your Child to Love Reading_ a "Parent's Guide," this book is a treasure trove for teachers, librarians, grandparents, anyone who cares about children and books. It provides "activities, ideas, and inspiration for exploring everything in the world through books." It is a valuable resource for nourishing juvenile readers, both the reluctant and the ravenous.
_How to Get Your Child to Love Reading_ includes over 3,000 titles recommended for children from birth through eighth grade. However, it doesn't stop with mere recommendations.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane Moore VINE VOICE on December 20, 2003
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I checked this book out from the library, interested in this whopping 500 page book! I had heard about the author from her Educating Esme book. I was interested in what she had to say, being a teacher myself. This book is quite inspiring, for children, teachers, and parents alike!!!
I am obviously a huge advocate for children being surrounded by books and as well as ordering from scholastic every month, I scan the titles at the local bookstores, hoping that someday, the book fairy will come down and wave his/her magic wand at me! All silliness aside, reading about reading always gets me excited!
I have no idea where she came up with all of those titles, she must have done tons of researching, because there are over 3000 titles in this book alone!
I loved the little pages full of advice and ideas... example: Your Job: Connect children with books. Basically, if they want to be an accountant, read: Alexander, who used to be rich last Sunday. If they want to be in hotel management, read Rabbit Inn.
Her chapters range for ages from infants to teenagers, stopping at interesting subjects in between! Books in the bath, alphabet and counting books, wordless books, unbirthday stories, civil war, slavery, Africa, Asia, the list goes on and on!
Also, there are lots of little advice columns for those that need help. She responds, Dear gentle reader...
I wish there was a book around when I was younger so I could have a greater access to all of these titles! Reading to children is the most important thing we can do for them because it spells out love and caring! I have to buy it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Somerlot Bittel on June 24, 2004
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What a fun, cleverly written book! Codell's writing is inspiring as well as informative. She provides tons and tons of ideas for reading materials on all manners of topics from social studies to bath time. But she doesn't stop there! She also includes clever ideas to make reading come to life for kids. As an avid lover of resource and child education books, I admit I only own few but this one is a keeper. I would recommend this for parents of infants through early elementary students. If you are looking for reading material to augment your child's life experiences or classroom experiences, I believe this book would be a valuable asset. Happy Reading!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book in hand at all times on May 22, 2005
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I purchased this book when I began my journey to become an elementary school teacher and I have never put it down. I have countless books that I accumulated in course after course throughout this experience, but I assure you that this is the only book that is DOG EARED. I even bought copies for all my friends who were becoming teachers. Every recommended "Potato Pick" has been wonderful as suggested, every author hightlighted has been fantastic, and Esme has also completed categories for any kind of theme you can think of for kids. In my children's literature course I just chose books I found in this book to read. I take it with me to all bookstores, Scholastic book fairs, ordering via Amazon dot com, or even the public library. Teachers need to but this book, pre-service teachers need to buy this book, and parents especially should buy this book to hook your kids to the most wonderful gift in the world...the world of reading and all the fantasy and fulfillment it can bring.
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Every child will adore books and reading once they have experienced them as Esme Codell suggests. Parents, older children, teachers and volunteers will also be caught up in the process of helping children love to read using Codell's relevant and meaningful activities, coupled with books.
It took only an hour to peruse and learn how to navigate this magnificent reference book full of lists, ideas, encouragements, tips, actrivities, and so much more. It is now easy to locate the right books and activities for the children I teach.
Esme Codell is a delightfully "up" person, whose personality and joy of living fully is expressed in her writing. She tells how to share that joy of life, experienced through books and activities, with your child. To quote her, she believes there is "no reason you shouldn't be empowered to make learning happen for your child whenever you see fit." Through this book, she makes it easy. As a former story hour lady and librarian, a current teacher, parent, grandparent and author, my excitement level and desire to "dig in" and use more of her ideas is high.
Thematic learning is the ultimate way to capture children's interest. Codell offers multiple themes from science, history, fairy tales, party ideas, to traveling, and so much more -- all featuring a wealth of book choices. She knows her literature!
How to Get Your Child to Love Reading is a "must-have" book for every parent, grandparent and teacher, and a great compliment to the book I authored, "You Can Teach Someone to Read". It's one you'll never stop using, even when it gets dog-eared. You may, however, have to pass it down to your child to use when he becomes an parent.
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More About the Author

Esmé Raji Codell is the author of the acclaimed novel Sahara Special, winner of the IRA Children's Book Award, a Kirkus Editors' Choice for 2003, and a BookSense 76 #1 title; as well as a memoir for young readers, Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade. A former teacher, bookseller, and children's librarian, she lives with her husband and son in Chicago. Sahara Special and Sing a Song of Tuna Fish Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade are also available on audio from Listening Library.