- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Beech Tree Books; 1st edition (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098158330X
- ISBN-13: 978-0981583303
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment Paperback – December 1, 2008
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A quote from B. F. Skinner sums up the goal of this book: “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” Hamilton, a prolific children’s book author, believes that success in reading—or in any endeavor, for that matter—depends on the pleasure that results. After beginning with some disturbing statistics about the decline in American reading habits, Hamilton lays out ideas, strategies, and book lists that aim to rescue reading from the deadening clutches of school assignments. Traditionalists will bristle at Hamilton’s kitchen-sink approach; she advocates nearly anything that can connect reading with joy, including relevant movies, TV, comics, games, snacks, even staying up late. Heavy with bulleted lists, the book invites browsing for the section most relevant to your child’s age and preferences, and though the content is appropriately broad, Hamilton occasionally tackles specifics (her concern with the teen “problem novel” is particularly illuminating). This is a great tool for parents hoping to instill in their child a love of the printed word. --Daniel Kraus
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Another positive is that you don't have to read the book from cover to cover. The chapters are short and this book could easily be read in one sitting, if you needed. However, I have boys in three areas so read only those areas; babies and toddler, preschool and Elementary years. I'll read the middle school and beyond later on. Yes, there is a lot of repetition of ideas because each section can stand alone, but the repetition helps with the continuity of thought to be reminded about the big picture of reading and what you're trying to develop.
I wouldn't encourage cover to cover reading but frequent dips especially if you feel at a reading loss or you've lost momentum. The sections I read gave new ideas and reminders that I could apply immediately especially the read aloud sections.
I was disappointed that much more wasn't made of developing reluctant boy readers and their parents and counteracting the wave of boys switching off to books during the Elementary years in the frequently asked questions section. I did enjoy the frequent quotes.
Although I have never been into fiction books as much as Biographies, AutoBiographies.
I will recommend this book to two people I know that have Grandchildren one will be a year old in April and the
other one with be 5 in August.
I was born with some learning disabilities which made some subjects more difficult for me but I have also wanted