Saturday, 19 July 2014

Non-Fiction Review: Born Reading

Title: Born Reading
Author: Jason Boog
Published by: Touchstone on July 15th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction Parenting
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration, this in no way affects my opinion of the book.*

Goodreads SynopsisA program for parents and professionals on how to raise kids who love to read, featuring interviews with childhood development experts, advice from librarians, tips from authors and children’s book publishers, and reading recommendations for kids from birth up to age five.

Every parent wants to give his or her child a competitive advantage. InBorn Reading, publishing insider (and new dad) Jason Boog explains how that can be as simple as opening a book. Studies have shown that interactive reading—a method that creates dialogue as you read together—can raise a child’s IQ by more than six points. In fact, interactive reading can have just as much of a determining factor on a child’s IQ as vitamins and a healthy diet. But there’s no book that takes the cutting-edge research on interactive reading and shows parents, teachers, and librarians how to apply it to their day-to-day lives with kids, until now. 

Born Reading provides step-by-step instructions on interactive reading and advice for developing your child’s interest in books from the time they are born. Boog has done the research, talked with the leading experts in child development, and worked with them to compile the “Born Reading Essential Books” lists, offering specific titles tailored to the interests and passions of kids from birth to age five. But reading can take many forms—print books as well as ebooks and apps—and Born Reading also includes tips on how to use technology the right way to help (not hinder) your child’s intellectual development. Parents will find advice on which educational apps best supplement their child’s development, when to start introducing digital reading to their child, and how to use tech to help create the readers of tomorrow.

Born Reading will show anyone who loves kids how to make sure the children they care about are building a powerful foundation in literacy from the beginning of life.

My Thoughts: I may not be a parent yet, but when I do have kids, I want them to have a passion for books and reading that rivals my own. This books presents all the advice needed to help ensure that that will happen.

Born Reading is an easy and accessible read and Boog writes in a very formal manner, like you are sitting down to coffee together and are talking about the best ways to raise smart, voracious readers. He doesn't just advise you on how to get your kids to love story books but also non-fiction subjects like math, science and music and how to incorporate what you read about into your daily life and vice-versa. The book also covers the use of digital devices and digital media, discusses how much screen time is recommended and how you can use apps etc. to enhance the print reading experience.

Raising a reader starts before birth, so get and read this book as soon as you can and start reading with your child as soon as you can.

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