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Keeping Kids Reading: How to Raise Avid Readers in the Video Age Kindle Edition

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Standing firm in her opinion that schools are largely to blame for kids' reluctance to read, the author of Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don't (1993) offers practical guidance to parents who want to instill in their kids a love of reading and an appreciation of literature. That's a tall order, but Leonhardt explains not only why it's necessary but also, in very down-to-earth terms, how it can be done--for teens, perhaps the toughest to teach, but especially for young children who are just becoming acquainted with books. Leonhardt will undoubtedly raise the hackles of parents who bar their kids from comics and series books like Goosebumps, and she has some strong opinions about multicultural literature in school and developing reading skills in kids with ADHD. Yet her regard for reading is wonderful, and her unstuffy, eminently sensible approach to books feels like a breath of fresh air amid the jargon of the video and the CD-ROM. If you read her previous book, you'll want to read this one--the theory and passion are the same. Stephanie Zvirin


"The best book on education I have read in the last twenty years."
--William Glasser, education specialist and author of The Quality School and Reality Therapy

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  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mary Leonhardt; 2 edition (November 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A58XIEM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm an author and retired high school English teacher. I'm also a fanatic about the necessity of getting kids reading. With the opportunities e-books are making available, I've decided to publish my books that coach teachers and parents how to get their kids reading. The education crisis, I am convinced, is a reading crisis.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you love reading the way I do, there is very little more important to you than raising children who love to read. I thought this book was wonderful. The author is obviously passionate about getting kids hooked on reading, and believes that you should do just about anything to acheive this goal. She points out how many parents that don't hesitate to spend tons of money on toys and clothes balk at buying kids books, and points out how books can be found at lawn sales and book sales by the ton for very cheap, and how money spent on books is an investment of the best kind. She advocates letting kids read what they enjoy reading, and letting that lead to reading you find more worthwhile, but wants us to keep in mind that just getting them to READ is the goal. Her kids loved Richie Rich comics (as did I as a kid!) I love her writing style---it's very honest and direct. A great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on June 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is Leonhardt's second book, published three years after Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don't: How It Happens and What You Can Do About It (see my review). In it she again shares her experience as a parent and an educator and breaks some new ground from the previous volume. As early as page 19 she flatly states, "Children must love reading. This goal is absolute. No one--teachers, parents, librarians, curriculum directors, book reviewers--must do or recommend anything that puts [it] in jeopardy...[A]ll of the skill exercises that children dislike--but are 'good' for them--are not allowed if they cause a child to dislike reading." She later adds that, as a parent, you shouldn't "try to force [your child] to read [a specific book] or argue her out of her dislike of [it]." From a teacher, this is, of course, a radical stand: doubtless all of us can remember plowing through some such title as "A Tale of Two Cities," or picking Shakespeare to pieces, because they were "required reading" (even some of the librarians I know, who have somehow managed to retain their love of books despite such experiences, recount them with bitterness). Leonhardt explains that in the high-school classes she teaches, any kid can get an A for his weekly reading if he reads 200 or more pages *of a book or books chosen by himself*. She also tells how all the young avid readers she has interviewed either grew up in homes filled with books, or lived within biking (or walking) distance of a library.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Unity Dienes on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book about a decade ago when my oldest children were new readers. My husband and I are lifelong avid readers and it is very important to us to share our love of reading with our children. This book has given me so much help in choosing books for my children by helping me to identify their reading "paths". For a while, I kept offering the wrong books to the kids, and I was baffled by their disinterest. This book helped me understand their reading "paths" and made me much more successful at offering books they would like. When I started implementing her advice, their reading took off: in elementary school they were reading about 3 hours a day of books of their own choosing. Now they are older with a much more demanding study schedule, but they still find time to read on their own. Reading is just a natural part of their life. I now have 3 other children as well, and I'm seeing the same kinds of results with them. Even my oldest daughter, who took a while to warm up to reading, is now an avid reader. Believe me, I had my doubts that anything would work with her--she seemed for so long to be so indifferent to reading. And when she did read, it was books which I secretly thought were trashy. But I kept following Leonhardt's advice through the years, and it totally worked. She is positively hooked on reading, and loves even difficult, classical books---as long as they are within her preferred genre. She hasn't yet moved into books outside her interest, but I have faith that it will happen.

Over and over, this author repeats the message to trust your children. That can be so hard to do, which is why I needed to reread the book several times when I first encountered it. But it works!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EC on April 24, 2013
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This is the third of Leonhardt's books I've read, and it's as excellent as the other two. Her four rules of reading should be posted in every classroom and pediatrician's office in the country, and I love her alternative to today's standardized testing regime. If only every school could be run and staffed by people like Mary Leonhardt, and she could replace Arne Duncan as SecEd!
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By Ted Birman on November 12, 2013
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This book was excellent. I liked how is stresses the LOVE of reading as the focus. I homeschool 7 children. Most of my children like to read. Some love to read. I liked the resources that the author mentioned in the book. I try many different things to get my kids to read more and enjoy it at the same time. Some of the resources I heard about before, but some were new to me. Overall a very great read.
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