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Book Title: Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment|
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The author of the book: Emma Walton Hamilton
Edition: Beech Tree Books
Date of issue: October 15th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780981583303
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 22.18 MB
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The glowing recommendations from librarians on the cover raised my expectations for this book, and they were not fully met. I enjoyed hearing her interview on NPR and very much enjoyed the portions of the book when she was on her "soapbox." I wish there had been more of her commentary on those issues (TV, "dark" books for children) and a lot less repetition.
Having checked this out from the library, I read it as a book, when I think it is best used as a reference. She repeats the strategies for making reading a joyful experience for each age group, so you see the same thing four times. I almost returned it after reading the baby chapter where her helpful ideas were use board books, animal books, rhyming books, ABC books, and make your own photo albums - uh, duh! Thankfully, the suggestions got better in the older age groups (time capsules, family trees, cooking projects) and I'll definitely use the lists of recommended books.
I remain shocked by the statistics she shares. "Eighty percent of US families did not buy or read a book last year. Seventy percent of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the past 5 years. Forty-two percent of college graduates never read another book once they have graduated." I really can't fathom any of these and wish she had spent more time discussing them and making an action plan instead of telling us to make a cozy reading nook four times.
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