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An indispensable guide to welcoming children—from babies to teens—to a lifelong love of reading, written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review.
Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer’s Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.
Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it’s how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, “More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level,” is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523505302
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 55,662
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York TimesBook Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children's books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for the Times. She is the author and editor of five books: My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, Pornified, Parenting, Inc., and By the Book. She is a former columnist for The Economist, Worth, and The New York Times Styles section. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate, Vogue, Psychology Today, Brown Alumni Magazine, and other national publications. She lives with her husband and three children in New York. 

Maria Russo is the children’s books editor of The New York TimesBook Review. She has been a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer, and Salon, and holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and three children. 

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Born to Read
 Reading to Your Baby
Reading to Your Toddler
PART TWO: Growing a Reader
Your Emerging Reader
Your Independent Reader
PART THREE: Your Middle-Grade Reader
PART FOUR: A Reader for Life: Young Adults CHECK THIS.
PART FIVE: Books to Love: Lists by Theme and Level

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How to Raise a Reader (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Down to earth but well thought out guide to encouraging reading. Some good tips on how NOT to be pushy and turn kids off and some wonderful suggestions and lists for different age and maturity levels. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
LostinaWrittenWorld 3 months ago
How To Raise a Reader is such a helpful tool to equip you to encourage and raise your young readers, no matter what age they are when you pick it up. The book is really well broken down. Five sections total, four sections that each cover a different age range that were then further broken down, knowledge, suggestions on how to use that new knowledge, what to look for in books for that age, and then books that fell into that category and might be appreciated. The fifth section is all book recommendations. There weren’t any tips that are stunningly mindblowing, instead this is a gentle guide that pointed out things that you subconsciously knew. Things like ‘making books available’ and then giving ideas for how you can do that. I think that I was audibly saying ‘ah ha!’ every two pages and I highlighted so much that my book could be used to flag aircraft in an emergency. Some of my favorite tips were “But if you want to increase the likelihood that your child will read, you should fill your house with books. Fill it with temptation.” and “School is where children learn that they have to read. Home is where kids learn to read because they want to.” Everything about this guide felt gentle and cozy. This isn’t a book on how to force children to read, instead it teaches you how to gently show a love of books that will have a lasting imprint on your child. Warnings: None apply
Carolina Herdegen 4 months ago
Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G BUYING ADVISORY: HS - NO AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Paul and Russo go through the stages of human development -- book style. These women, with lots of personal and professional experience, give tips, tricks, and book suggestions to be used with the beloved children around you of any age. While this book’s primary purpose is being informative, it’s easy to read with its conversational tone, and it’s full of great ideas to implement -- and even tweak to make your own! The suggestions made can be used as a guide and a springboard to meet the needs of individual children and unique families. I only mark this book as “not to buy” and “low appeal” because I don’t think teenagers are the most interested audience for this book.
faunne 5 months ago
First, I would like to thank NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for providing me with a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Pamela Paul and Maria Russo have crafted an excellent handbook on how to engage child readers at all stages of development. The advice given is derived from the fields of psychology (specifically, child and adolescent development) and literacy. The book skillfully guides parents in incorporating reading into a child’s life in an appropriate manner for his or her life stage and cautions against common mistakes that may detract from reading. Examples of books that are appropriate for each stage of development are listed within each section, and there is also an appendix of books divided into categories with examples for each life stage including everything from “tearjerkers” to “history and biography.” This is an indispensable book to keep on the shelf and reference for years to come! I plan to purchase this book once it is published! #netgalley #howtoraiseareader
Anonymous 5 months ago
I enjoyed reading this book about about how to get your child to be a reader. I am a librarian and wanted to read it to see if I could gain any insights for encouraging students to become readers. It had a lot of good tips and ideas and many book recommendations based on age level and current life interests or issues. I think the best feature is that it breaks down what it means to be a reader for each stage of life. I did have some philosophical differences with parts of the raising a reader as a parent, but overall I liked the book.
Isabelle Wagner 6 months ago
I really enjoyed reading How To Raise A Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo. They talked about many easy to follow techniques to encourage children of all ages to pick up a book and read more. There are many great book recommendations for every stage of your child's reading ability and they explain why these books are good for this time of their life. They also explain things to watch out for and avoid.
MarziesReads 6 months ago
One of the most common challenges I hear from my blog's readers is their struggle to get their children to keep reading. With so many distractions of an electronic nature, children may seem to have too many alternatives to a good book. What's a parent to do? New York Times Book Review editors Pamela Paul and Maria Russo are full of good ideas and suggestions about common reading pitfalls to avoid. This book is structured according to developmental stages, from reading to babies, toddlers, primary grades, middle grades to YA suggestions for your teens. One of the things I love about their advice is that they point out how quickly children will notice that their parents aren't reading, are on the phone or otherwise distracted. They encourage family reading time, family audiobooks, and in general, modeling the behavior that you wish to achieve. They also point out that you need to know your child's nature- what engages them, what they fear, and even just making sure you know why your child resists some aspect of reading. One of the author's children was resisting reading alternate pages out loud with their parent and the concerned parent was surprised when the child sighed heavily and said "I hate reading out loud. I have to go so slow." Not what you'd expect unless you know your child is an excited reader who is looking forward to getting to the next page! I found this book has some good advice, some great booklists, and in general I think it would be either a solid purchase for parents of young children or a book you could check out of the library for strategizing about flagging interest in your middle grader or high schooler. I received an Advanced Review Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
marongm8 6 months ago
I received this book as an ARC from Workman Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This book was so insightful and full of wonderful ideas to kick-start any child into their future love of reading. I also found some of the techniques manageable for students that do not read a lot that will also make them fall in love with reading. The book also included recommendations of titles for each subject featured in the book and there were some titles that were new to me that I was able to add to my list for not only to add to our library collection , but to read for myself and that to me is very important. If I can identify some new books, imagine what parents that read this book can do. We will consider adding this book to our Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
HugsandKissesforBooks 6 months ago
Spread the joy of reading! Thanks to NetGalley and Workman Publishing for the opportunity to read and review How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo! The book opens with explanations of reading’s importance and the reading experiences of both authors. I appreciate this statement from this section of the book: “School is where children learn that they have to read. Home is where kids learn to read because they want to.” That quote sums it all up perfectly! As a parent and a teacher, I have personally experienced both school and home influences on reading. The book is broken up into parts. Part One: Born to Read includes book suggestions to the years of babyhood through toddlerhood and breaks down what babies can handle by stages and ages. Developing rituals around reading is a great way to guarantee reading takes place every day, like reading at bedtime. It’s a wonderful step when a toddler becomes a reader as he or she looks through books independently and starts telling the story on their own. A reminder of what libraries are great for for when our kids are little and not so little. Here’s an eye-opening statement that will be important to remember: ...the statistic most highly correlated to literacy is the number of books present in the home. Part Two: Growing a Reader discusses the emerging reader and independent reader. Part Three: Your Middle-Grade Reader discusses “novels for children”. The following statement is a reminder of why we read, “...to escape, to uncover, to challenge ourselves, to be swept away by a compelling voice, to find companionship with characters we connect with, to travel the world from the safe distance of a living room armchair.” Thanks to J. K. Rowling for ushering us into communal reading by building excitement, anticipation and all the aspects of her Harry Potter stories that give readers topics of discussion. Part Four: A Reader for Life: Teenagers states the fact that young adult literature is a category that didn’t even exist a few decades ago. When I was a teenager, reading choices were much more limited than they are now. Reading options can be overwhelming now because we have so much choice and variety in genres. Part Five: More Books to Love by theme and reading level explores books that are humorous, tear inducing, heartwarming, family stories, full of courage, kind and empathetic, good for identifying and accepting yourself, have awesome male characters and great female characters, are historical and biographical, dealing with science and nature, and historical fiction. Fantastic book for adults wanting to foster a love of reading in their younger counterparts, 5 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book is an incredible resource for parents and other important adults in a child's life who want to impart a love of reading to children. I was given this book in e-galley form by the publisher and NetGalley. I will most definitely want to purchase the hard copy. I bookmarked and bookmarked as I read. Pamela Paul oversees book coverage at the New York Times while Maria Paul is associated with the Times. They both love reading and want children to as well. Both authors recall their favorite reads over the course of the book. As an adult, like me, you may start thinking again about when you learned to read and the books that you most loved as a child as you make your way through the text.. The book is divided into four sections: Born to Read which is about babies and toddlers; Growing a Reader which is about emerging and then independent readers; Your Middle-Grade reader and A Reader for Life: Teenagers. The book ends with a section on more books by theme and reading level. In each section there are many suggested books. I will give just a brief idea of the riches within. For babies: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and Moo, Baa La La La. Classic board books are mentioned as well including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Snowy Day. Toddler suggestions include The Carrot Seed, Millions of Cats and Harold and the Purple Crayon along with new Classics like Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Hello Lighthouse. The authors continue with suggestions right through the teen years. The importance of keeping an open dialogue with children is stressed; for example, The Hunger Games may upset some readers but not all. It can be good to dialogue with the reader. Paul and Russo are parents and it shows. They have practical knowledge about raising readers. There are so many suggestions from using the library, to NOT using books that are device based, to not getting overly caught up in parental contests about whose child learned to read first, to the joys of bedtime stories, young readers love of series and so much more. One aside was about Harry Potter with the authors noting that these are not meant for very young readers even if they are able to decode the words. I recommend this book most highly. It is full of reasoned ideas and book suggestions that will make adults excited about opening the world of literacy to children. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this terrific book. The opinions are my own.
KacieReads 6 months ago
As a mom of 3 kids and someone who enjoys books about books, I knew I wanted to request to review "How to Raise a Reader" by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo on Netgalley. Paul and Russo are editors of The New York Times Book Review. This book has good ideas for encouraging exactly what the title says and is organized by general age range from baby through young adult. Each section has a discussion on developmental stages with regard to reading and a short selection (30 or so) of book ideas. At the end of the book, we have even more recommendations: something like 50 pages, grouped by broad theme: Tear-jerkers, funny books, heart warmers, kindness and empathy, self-acceptance and identity, history and biography, science and nature, historical fiction, etc. Titles are some enduring classics in children's lit and current titles. We get title, author, and a few lines of summary. At the beginning of part five, the authors state the following book lists are highly personal to them. The authors emphasize the importance of readers seeing themselves in books, and also reading books about people very different from them. We get a few titles in that vein, but I would have appreciated many more. If you read it, don't skip the sections for ages younger than your children are now. There's timeless advice within regarding book ownership and library, etc. I was bummed that there wasn't a bibliography at the back of my review copy. It appears everything is from the author's experience. They DO have good experience, but adding cited research could have taken this book to the next level. Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud handbook continues to be my favorite go-to for the how and why. But where Trelease's book falls short (basically, middle grade and early YA is where his book stops), How to Raise a Reader offers more discussion for young adult books and teen readers. When I was an older teen in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I lost my way when it came to books. There weren't many good resources out there at the time for finding books, and the genre itself was much smaller. I would have appreciated a book such as this to help me find titles I'd enjoy (or, I'd appreciate my parents having this book so to help me). Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a digital review copy. Book published on Sept. 3, 2019.