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Joy of Reading: One Family's Fun-Filled Guide to Reading Success Paperback – December 1, 1997

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The Joy of Reading: One Family's Fun-Filled Guide to Reading Success is a 202-page book that describes one family's journey of building a love of reading. Author Debbie Duncan shares her family's favorite books for all ages and stages of children. The mother of three school-age children, Duncan features more than 600 children's books as she shares her family's journey from picture book read-alouds to middle grade favorites to historical fiction and more. Duncan's passion for children's literature is evident throughout the book as she encourages parents to read aloud to their children. She gives many practical suggestions for books parents can provide to their children that will entertain, educate, and inspire. I expected the book to be more of a reference book but was pleasantly surprised to find that not only is it valuable as a reference, it is also a warm, personal, and inspiring read. In reading the book, I was reminded of many of my own childhood favorites that I have not yet shared with my own children. Reading is already an important part of our family culture, but I was inspired to place even more focus on family read-aloud times. While I didn't agree with all of Duncan's suggestions, I did find many titles that I look forward to reading with my children. This is a secular book, and, as such, Christian families will want to evaluate suggestions to make sure they meet their individual family's standards and needs. The book was written in 1998, so titles written in the past 12+ years are not included. I very much enjoyed the book and will use suggestions from it to enhance the reading experiences of my children. --The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2010

About the Author

In addition to writing children's books and newspaper and magazine articles, Debbie Duncan appears regularly on San Francisco Bay Area radio and television stations as a children's literature advocate.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Rayve Productions (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877810452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877810459
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,931,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book from Amazon expecting it to be a good reference book, but I found it to be so much more than a reference. Little did I know when I ordered it how much the text itself would affect me! I kept stopping to read passages aloud to my husband or call my mom over the phone to do the same. I have spent the last few days, when not reading this book, thinking about all the wonderful books my mother read to me when I was young and looking forward to doing the same when I have children. Many of the books discussed and the household scenarios described were so familiar! The chapter on family sayings taken from books made me laugh out loud. I still call my mother when I've had a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day," and when my sister and I were growing up we often heard our own mother quote Ramona's, saying "Once is hilarious, twice is funny, three times is a spanking." This book is not just a great place to look for that perfect book for any child you know, but is a great place to look for inspiration about reading to children.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a very warm and personal book about children's books. Ms. Duncan, a mother of three children, starts off telling you about her first experience with children's books (very little at the time). You then follow her on her journey to become a true children's book expert, all along telling you about the books that worked very well in her family and for her friends. Her children are now avid readers. The books she recommends are very much liked by my children (and by me as well!). This is a book to give to your friends and family as a baby shower present and should be read once a year to get new ideas on what to read in the following period. Highly recommended.
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Debbie Duncan knows her children's books -- and children, too. This mother of three is a writer and advocate of children and children's books who is well-known in her area for her understanding, intelligence, and creativity in making books come alive for children. Debbie has written about children, parents and books for regional press, hosted radio call-in shows receiving calls from parents about reading, and appeared on NPR talking about family issues. Now she brings her expertise to a national audience through Joy of Reading. I like this book because it doesn't tell, it shows how literature of all kinds becomes a member of the family. Debbie's kids -- a teen, a beginning reader, and one in-between -- have, with their parents, their own culture of books. Debbie talks about how they got this way, through early reading, continued reading aloud (yes, into the teen years), and many, many book conversations. She gives clear, bright, simple advice on getting started with ! your own family or with raising the level of book enjoyment in your household. She shares stories about relationships individual kids have had with books and confronts the problems that keep some kids from becoming enthusiastic readers. The book includes a wealth of titles of specific books as well as information about genres appropriate to different children. Told with humor, warmth, and love, Joy of Reading is a joy to read and to implement
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