Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don't: How It Happens and What You Can Do about It

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An inspiring and practical book by a veteran high school teacher that shows how to make your child an avid reader -- even if he or she now dislikes books.

Virtually all teachers agree: The best students are avid readers. They're the kids who don't just do their homework, but pick up books and magazines to read for pleasure. Yet even parents who love to read sometimes find that their kids don't enjoy books. Now, Mary Leonhardt shows how to awaken, or reawaken, a child to the joy ...

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Overview

An inspiring and practical book by a veteran high school teacher that shows how to make your child an avid reader -- even if he or she now dislikes books.

Virtually all teachers agree: The best students are avid readers. They're the kids who don't just do their homework, but pick up books and magazines to read for pleasure. Yet even parents who love to read sometimes find that their kids don't enjoy books. Now, Mary Leonhardt shows how to awaken, or reawaken, a child to the joy of reading. She even identifies the seven stages that children go through as they develop their reading skills and outlines what parents can do to help them along. Her advice is clear, down-to-earth, and proven effective.

In reassuring, down-to-earth style, Leonhardt shows parents how to establish in their children a reading habit--be it through comics, teen magazines, or trashy novels--which can later be broadened into interests that will make them truly sophisticated readers. Includes a recommended reading list.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There are not enough superlatives to describe this book. lt's brilliant but easy to read, inspiring, and filled with tons of advice."

-- Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook

"Writing with wisdom, warmth, and clarity, Mary Leonhardt has produced a small masterpiece that should be treasured by every parent. Read it, study it, enjoy it. It is a splendid and inspirational piece of work."

-- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Leonhardt, a veteran English teacher now on the faculty at Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Mass., here provides useful advice, based on her own years of experience, on how to overcome the disinterest--or downright hostility--of some children where reading is concerned. Refreshing for its realism, the book admits to ideals but also insists on minding the facts of life and education: ``In a bid for a child's attention,'' Leonhardt points out, ``a Batman comic might have a chance over a rock video--but a beautifully illustrated book on how the Hopi Indians planted corn probably isn't even in the running.'' Well-organized chapters confront the problems of poor readers and suggest, in rational detail, what to do about them--make reading fun, even if it means feeding the kids with ``trashy'' books; ``tolerate a certain amount of disorder'' in their housekeeping of books and magazines; be willing to spend money on their growing reading hobby; and let them squander time on it, instead of sending them off on errands, for example. And what about television? Don't ban it, she says; downplay it for preschoolers, but let older children who are reading watch some TV, too, lest denial inspire rebellion. Also discussed in depth are the role of schools in reading, the stages of reading that all children pass through and books that may help spur reading even in the unwilling. Sept.
Library Journal
Leonhardt, a veteran high school teacher, dedicates this book to all kids who hate reading. Using telling insights into children and the nature of American education, Leonhardt is on target with her explanation for the reasons why kids are not reading these days. Her reasons are clearly presented, and her suggestions (including an index listing materials her own students have loved) will be useful to parents. In addition, teachers who have not yet moved into whole-language teaching will benefit from her guidelines. Besides the excellent advice on how to negotiate with kids and schools, the author's suggested children's titles make this book invaluable. Recommended for most public libraries.-- Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517882221
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Leonhardt teaches English at Concord-Carlisle High School in Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    A nessecity for all parents (even those whose children love to read)

    I originally picked up this book and another by Leonhardt at a library to help me with my kids that I nanny during the summer. This book pin-pointed the problems that I had suspected in schools for a long time. It also discribed my oldest to a T. I would recomend this book to anyone who has a child in thier life that struggles with reading or the love of reading.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Amazing

    The author has experiences in many types of schools and this book is rich with examples. I wish my children had a teacher like this when they were young. Do not miss the amazing opportunity to read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Grammar

    Those who have commented need to go back to school.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Great Great

    Love this books

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    I completely agree

    I am an avid reader and think thar children need to read more. And i do blame the school for these problems. I remember getting in trouble for reading in school.

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