Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between

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A 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. In Born Reading, publishing insider (and new dad) Jason Boog explains how that can be as simple as opening a book. Studies have shown that ...

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Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between

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Overview

A 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. In Born 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.

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Jason Boog is a publishing industry professional, but like any other new parent, he wondered how he could best introduce his toddler daughter Olive to books. To discover effective and humane ways to engender a real love of interactive reading, he sought the advice of childhood development experts, children's librarians, authors, publishers of children's book publishers, teachers, and parents. From this hard-won wisdom and his own observations, he crafted this book of suggestions, step-by-step instructions, and reading lists. A fine tutorial for giving your children wings for their imaginations. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
06/16/2014
In his first book, former GalleyCat blogger Boog surveys current research on early childhood brain development and shares experiences of raising his daughter, Olive, to appreciate books from infancy. The result is a paean to the advantages interactive reading gives children by the time they reach preschool. Boog’s “Born Reading Playbook” contains many good ideas. He suggests that parents can engage young children with reading by extending the ideas in books to learning about the world in an age-appropriate manner. Although Boog does not object to electronic media, he does object to parents who use media and electronics as a babysitter, especially for children younger than two. His book, audiobook, and app recommendations are thoughtful, current, and specific; “Born Reading Bundles” suggest ways to combine books, new media, and conversation topics. The concluding comparison between kindergarten Common Core standards and the skills developed through interactive reading methods focuses on academic readiness and advantage rather than the love of reading. Despite the book’s strengths, Boog’s focus on the successes, but not the challenges, of his daughter’s experience, inadvertently makes him seem like a know-it-all rather than an educator or peer. Agent: David Patterson, Foundry Literary + Media. (July)
Gretchen Rubin
“A great resource for anyone who wants to help children love to read.”
Allison Irwin
"Offers insightful tips from Boog’s own experiences as a father as well as from researchers with decades of expertise in the fields of literacy, child development, parenting, and education. ...Packed with invaluable bits of advice designed to create curious, enthusiastic, and lifelong learners."
The Novel World
"I seriously don't have enough good things to say about this book. . . . He’s this generation’s Jim Trelease. This book is awesome, and I think it's one that should find its way into school curriculum for teachers and librarians."
Library Journal
03/15/2014
Former Mediabistro publishing editor, new father Boog interviewed childhood development experts, librarians, and children's book authors and publishers to offer an interactive approach to making children readers. With a foreword by Betsy Bird of the New York Public Library.
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Boog makes a strong argument for why caregivers of children ages birth to five need not simply read aloud, but also interact with children to ensure maximum nurturing and brain development. In fact, he states early on that "hospitals should be handing out interactive reading pamphlets along with diapers as new parents head home." He tackles the digital debate as well. While suggesting that parents try to adhere to the American Academy of Pediatrics policy advising zero screen time for children under two years of age, he advocates that any time a child spends on an electronic device should be as interactive as possible. Calling his collection of reading/interacting strategies "the born reading playbook," the author gives practical and smart advice, along with explanations of the 15 skills detailed throughout the book—all without sounding preachy. While some of his ideas are commonplace ("ask lots of questions" and "read together"), other suggestions ("follow the things your child loves" and "guide your child beyond what they already know") might be novel ideas for parents unsure about how to effectively read aloud to young children. Each chapter lists 10 suggested books to share. Chapters are arranged by age, and as the levels increase, so too do Boog's suggestions for how to use books and digital devices. "Born Reading Bundles" are a combination of print books and multimedia activities to share with children. His conclusion focuses on the Common Core State Standards, noting that "parents will have to do more work outside the classroom to encourage…individual interests." He also notes that his born reading playbook skills tie into the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. This will be a useful title for all libraries to include in both their parenting and professional reading collections.—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476749792
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 248,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Boog was a publishing editor at Mediabistro and lead editor of their popular blog on all things publishing, GalleyCat, for five years. His writing has been featured on NPR and in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, and Salon. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Boog lives in California with his wife and daughter. Visit him at JasonBoog.com.
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