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What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child--and All the Best Times to Read Them

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    Great Reference Book for Care Givers

    Even though I'm a librarian, I sometimes have trouble finding age appropriate books. I mean, I know how to help college students conduct research, I know how to preserve documents and I know how to make early American history relevant to today's present but sometimes finding a children's book stumps me.

    That is where What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child ~ and All the Best Time to Read Them by Pam Allyn comes in handy. Pam Allyn is the the founder and executive director of LitLife, an internationally recognized organization that trains hundreds of K~12 teachers each year. She is also the founding director of Books for Boys, an award~winning mentoring and reading initiative at The Children's Village. Allyn is also the recipient of a Points of Light/Disney award and two James Patterson PageTurner Awards for excellence in bringing literacy to underserved populations. In other words, a librarian's dream...

    The idea behind the book is the belief that reading aloud to your children is important in the development of happy, healthy, well~rounded children. And while most read~aloud book guides are geared towards children from birth until roughly 5 years of age, this book also offers book suggestions for children up to the age of 10. Yes, it is just as important to read to older children as it is to younger children.

    The book begins by explaining why parents should read aloud to their children ~ think bonding, developing an interest in reading and expanding your child's imagination. The next part provides an annotated list of what to read to your child at every age and ends with a reading guide for books by theme, such as adoption, courage, death, loneliness and spirituality.

    I like that each section is prefaced by a memory of Allyn's interactions with her own family members or children she has come in contact with during the course of her work. These little vignettes make the book approachable and help the parents to understand why a certain book was chosen or the discussions that can develop from the readings of various books.

    One of my favorite book choices is in the section dedicated to books about heroes because gasp a librarian is included in the mix of civil rights leaders, Native American activists and suffragists. The Librarian of Basra: A True Story of Iraq by Jeanette Winter tells the story of Alia Muhammed Baker, a librarian in Basra, Iraq who struggled to save her library's books before the war. According to Allyn, read this story to provide "a new perspective on the war in the Middle East, and to show the incredible capacity of books to inspire heroism." Wow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    Great Resource for Library Building for Kids

    As the parent of a three year old, I am constantly searching for age appropriate books covering a wide array of subjects. This innovative book perfectly fits the bill by suggesting age appropriate books and books for various levels of readers in a variety of subjects. I will use this book as a resource for building my son's library for years to come! Thank you to the Pam Allyn for a wonderful book.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    What To Read When is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Excellent Guide for Buying Children's Books

    Since I give books to my great nieces and nephews, I found this very helpful in making good decisions.
    There are 2 main sections: The Chronological "When": The Reader's Ladder and The Emotional "When": Fifty Essential Themes

    What To Read "When": each age grouping has categories significant to that age
    The Emotional "When": Each book within the theme is labeled with a code referring to the emoitional development of the child: E=emerging, D=developing and M=maturing.

    I take it to the store with me but you should have your receipt or at least have it in a book jacket to show it is yours.

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