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What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child--and All the Best Times to Read Them Paperback – April 2, 2009
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Pam is widely known as a motivational speaker advocating for reading and writing as human rights that belong to all people. Her personal quest to bring literacy to every child stems from a deeper desire to bring dignity to every child, and to empower children to read and write powerfully, effectively and with passion in ways that will change their worlds and the worlds of others. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah Radio, The Huffington Post and in The New York Times.
Pam is on the English Language Arts Scope and Sequence Advisory Group for the New York City Department of Education, and the Advisory Boards of the Dream Charter School in Harlem, the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement, James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead, Penguin Publishing's We Give Books and the Millennium Cities Initiative Social Sector.
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That is where What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child ~ and All the Best Time to Read Them by Pam Allyn comes in handy. Pam Allyn is the the founder and executive director of LitLife, an internationally recognized organization that trains hundreds of K~12 teachers each year. She is also the founding director of Books for Boys, an award~winning mentoring and reading initiative at The Children's Village. Allyn is also the recipient of a Points of Light/Disney award and two James Patterson PageTurner Awards for excellence in bringing literacy to underserved populations. In other words, a librarian's dream...
The idea behind the book is the belief that reading aloud to your children is important in the development of happy, healthy, well~rounded children. And while most read~aloud book guides are geared towards children from birth until roughly 5 years of age, this book also offers book suggestions for children up to the age of 10. Yes, it is just as important to read to older children as it is to younger children.
The book begins by explaining why parents should read aloud to their children ~ think bonding, developing an interest in reading and expanding your child's imagination. The next part provides an annotated list of what to read to your child at every age and ends with a reading guide for books by theme, such as adoption, courage, death, loneliness and spirituality.Read more ›
I really like the thought-provoking annotations that the author has written to accompany the recommended books. Many annotations include a "Talk About It" segment that include discussion questions and comments.
Ms. Allyn uses the acronym R(Ritual), E(Environment), A(Access) and D(Dialogue)to define four keys to helping your child become a lifelong reader. This article should be must-reading for every parent.
I checked-out this book from the public library but I plan on ordering a copy to keep as a reference book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in children and reading. It will be a wonderful companion to your "The Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease.
Are you a good example of an avid reader?
Or, have you ever said, "I want my child to be a good reader. But I don't like to read?"
It all starts with your attitude about reading and how you identify yourself as a reader.
No one can exist without reading something. You might like the sports page. Or, maybe you like the comics. How about the online blogs? You do read. And, it's important that you start identifying yourself as a reader, and that you share with your child what you like to read.
It's also important to inspire your child to choose books that resonate with your child.
Maybe you remember landmark books from childhood, like "Curious George," or "Charlotte's Web."
While these are great examples of books to read aloud, and for your child to read, at the appropriate age, what about books on subjects that reflect how the world has changed?
Allyn has identified, in "What to Read When," many examples of landmark books, most of which were published between 1990 and 1999, reflecting subjects that can help you to discuss with your children what they think, need, want and feel.
And when you or your child has chosen a book for you to read aloud, it's important that you show a physical appreciation for the book; that you pause and talk between the pages; and that you reflect back, with your child about the book. By doing so, you inspire choices, in your child. You also encourage dialogues and a love for language.
While not all books are appropriate at any age, Allyn has listed the chronological "when," and the emotional "when," to select certain books with your child.Read more ›
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As a literacy specialist. & teacher, I disagreed with most of the "what" and all of the "when" recommendations! predictable- surface information. Read morePublished 22 months ago by AppleTeacher
Upon a recommendation, I checked this book out from my local library. I have a 2-year-old and thought it would give me some good ideas and then I'd return the book. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by AmericanGirl
When we had our baby, we already knew from our family and many other sources that developing a love for reading would be important to our child's development but I was absolutely... Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Alana Schock
The book is divided into three parts: The power of reading aloud, What to read aloud at every age and The emotional when: 50 essential themes. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Olusola
I was looking for book ideas for my kids, and looked at the Ny times parents guide to the best books for children. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by engk916
This book gives great advice, but not in a preachy way. Everyone I have given it to raves about it. It's like having your own personal librarian at home, guiding you.Published on May 4, 2010 by Altered Librarian