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How to Get Your Screen-Loving Kids to Read Books for Pleasure Paperback – January 10, 2018
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About the Author
Kaye Newton lives outside Nashville, TN with her husband, three kids, and two lively dogs. "Incision Decisions", her first book, won a silver medal at the 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards.
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She explains how reading can help your child sleep better, can make your child smarter, and preparing teens for the workforce. Newton asks real questions and gives honest answers and advice for various situations, children personalities, and learning differences.
Newton understands that each child is not the same, and her list of books is categorized for readers to have a starting point where to begin the process as to make it less overwhelming.
The amount of research and various examples of books for children of different ages and with different interests provided by the author is impressive. I appreciate that Newton included classic novels and their importance and briefly discusses podcasts and magazines, giving the reader a broader prospective on different outlets of reading for their child.
My only complaint is that this book seems to appeal to a specific demographic and may not be applicable to every family, and I would like to see more diverse book options.
Overall, an excellent read that I would suggest to be a guide for parents, to be included in reading groups, and a resource for teachers.
I used to think anything that gets a kid to pick up the printed page is okay: comics, sports/teen magazines, even if all they ever read in their life was every 'Harry Potter' book. But with the advent of all-things-digital, I have changed my mind. Screen addiction is harming our youth and it has been proven, so I won't get into it here.
Ms. Newton gives shocking statistics of declining reading rates in adolescents and teens: in a 2014 study, it was found that 53% of 9-year-olds read daily as opposed to 17% 17-year-olds. The percentage of kids who say they 'never' or 'hardly ever' read tripled from 1984 to 2014.
But Ms. Newton has come to the rescue. She explains the actual physical benefits that occur when reading and, most importantly, offers many creative and successful plans to implement a reading lifestyle for your child, and none of them require bribery or raised voices.
She has worked closely with educators, librarians, researchers and other professionals to hone her book into the valuable resource it is. As much as we think we're setting a good example as parents by our own reading habits, the World Wide Web is too strong a pull. To encourage your child to become a devoted reader nowadays requires a serious game-plan, and you will find it in this wonderful and important book. A must for anyone who cares about our youth.