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"An excellent resource for preschool programs, such as Head Start, that encourage parents to read and spend quality time with their children."  —Children's Literature


"Dozens of playful suggestions go beyond children's books in raising readers."  —
Nick Jr. Family Magazine


"What a great book for anyone who wants to give children a lifelong gift—a love of reading!"  —David Walsh, PhD, founder, National Institute on Media and the Family


"Playful Reading is a wonderful book full of sound advice and great book choices."  —Anita Silvey, author, 100 Best Books for Children


"Every sentence is meaningful. There's no filler. It is laid out beautifully. Highly recommended."  —Family Information Services


"[Playful Reading] is wonderful with fresh ideas and new ways of looking at reading with young children."  —Molly Krukewitt, chair, 2X2 Reading List Committee, an initiative of the Texas Library Association

About the Author

Carolyn Munson-Benson is the founder and director of The Early Bird Project which promotes early literacy with preschool educators, librarians, child-care providers, and policy makers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Search Institute Press (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574828576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574828573
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oleanna on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Sometimes reviewers feel so inadequate describing rich, thoughtful volumes in puny reviews. For example, the ways early literacy, family ties, and memory making can be enhanced using Carolyn Munson-Benson's inspired, practical book about the influential relationship of preschoolers, adults, and books are developed with such mindfulness and delivered with such clarity in this sensible compilation of reading suggestions, doable activities and things to talk about, that one longs to pass it around and let it speak for itself. Good stuff!

Those familiar with the old favorite, Whole Child, Whole Parent by Polly Berrien Berends, will recognize similar caring intelligence in Munson-Benson's writing. Those who use Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success by M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin, and Catherine E. Snow, will welcome Munson-Benson's juicy applications of its sound principles. Those motivated by Jim Trelease's stirring Read-Aloud Handbook will find in Playful Reading better suggestions for preschool reading experiences than he offers. And those who rely on various story stretching resources will find none more valuable, especially for home use with preschool aged children, than Playful Reading: Fun Ways to Build the Bond Between Preschoolers, Books and You.

Having read and considered thousands of children's books over her long career as a consultant and author on literacy, reviewer, developer of a classroom book nook program, and parent, Munson-Benson has developed, besides contagious enthusiasm, an unerring sense of rightness in children's books.
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I like the way this book gives you a list of children's books that teach specific skills/manners/morals. Sometimes it can be tricky to find a book that is specific to positive values considering how many children's books there are available. She also offers activities for each book listed. A great find for those trying to instill a love of reading with young children.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs b on September 17, 2007
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This book may be helpful to parents who work one-on-one with children, but not so helpful to caregivers and preschool teachers who work with a group of children at any given time.
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