Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading by Amy Mascott and Allison McDonald arrives to well-deserved fanfare November 10, 2015 and is available for pre-order now! Parents, this book is for you. It’s easy-to-read, well-written, and filled with expert advice for cultivating your child’s lifelong love of reading.
I think this book belongs on every parent’s bookshelf. It’s like having your own literacy professionals in your own home, holding your hand, and giving you wisdom for the journey. The book covers so much from the importance of conversation to a solid literacy foundation to learning sounds and letters as well as decoding words. As children learn to read, the book talks about specific ways to make reading enjoyable, how writing connects to reading, and helpful reading comprehension strategies.
You may know the authors already. Amy is the author / blogger of Teach Mama and Allison is the author / blogger of No Time for Flashcards. Together they write the Raise a Reader blog for Scholastic. Raising a Rock-Star Reader is their first book.
Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading
Parents, you’ll love that you can quickly skim the tips to find advice or activity ideas right away.
Want some examples of the tips included in the book? I thought you might!
Tip #1: Create a library from day one.
I love that the authors start with this because it is so important to have books readily available for your growing readers. The authors recommend their favorite board books or you can see my recommended board books.
Tip #16: Tell stories about family photos.
Tip #21: Create a word jar.
Tip #28: Make sure your child knows that every word on a page matches a word being read aloud.
Tip #39: Use alphabet puzzles to work on letter recognition.
Tip #40: Use alphabet books to reinforce letter recognition.
Tip #52: Read the print around you.
Tips #63: Do some shared writing.
As you can see from my example above, you can start as early as you when your child can hold a writing tool. Have them narrate their story for you to write down. It’s such a wonderful way to develop literacy skills — and makes a treasured keepsake later on.
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