Raising a Reader: A Mother's Tale of Desperation and Delight

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"Raising a Reader is for every parent who ever worried about a child's reading, who compared one child with another, who charted, prodded, prompted, and coaxed words into little mouths and minds. For any parent—timid, pushy, or frightened—who has a child entering school and literacy, THIS is the book for you."

—Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook

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"Raising a Reader is for every parent who ever worried about a child's reading, who compared one child with another, who charted, prodded, prompted, and coaxed words into little mouths and minds. For any parent—timid, pushy, or frightened—who has a child entering school and literacy, THIS is the book for you."

—Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook

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For parents overwhelmed with the many technical advice books written by specialists and teachers, Nash's anecdotal guide to getting children to pick up a book might be a refreshing change. Nash is not an educator, nor is she a learning specialist. She is, however, the author of The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming: And Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer and the mother of two daughters, aged 10 and seven, who are both avid readers. Thus, her guide bursts with examples of her own personal frustrations and triumphs. As she reports on how she made progress with her children's literacy, she shares insights and practical tips, suggesting, for example, that parents and children both keep journals to track the books they've read. Nash's use of personal stories may not be the most scientific way to teach children to read, but it could help parents who are feeling desperate or frustrated with the task of cultivating literacy. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
I suspect that many parents who read this text will find themselves thinking that they could have written this book, too. Many of us are like Jennie Nash in that we are readers ourselves and want our children to be passionate about reading. And like Jennie Nash, many of us seem to have that one child who is all we could ask for as "parent-readers" and another who makes us pull at our hair in desperation. Throughout the chapters in this fairly slim text (about 125 pages), Nash describes her challenges and her successes with her own daughters as she attempted, with mixed results, to get them to love reading. Nash found, as do many parents and teachers that some children come to reading on their own quickly while others can be satisfied for a very long time by being read to. Nash shares her understanding that sometimes the best that parents can be in this process is patient, and that is certainly an understanding that all of us should be reminded of on occasion. My regret with the book is that it does little to help those parents who have children struggling with dyslexia or other issues that make reading on their own an onerous task. Nevertheless, new parents may appreciate this text for its take on the future, as well as the annotated bibliographies Nash provides at the end of her book. While not exhaustive, they will provide a place for parents to start as they begin buying books for their own future readers. 2003, Association for Childhood Education International, Ages adult.
— Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Library Journal
In her third book (after The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming), writer and breast cancer survivor Nash describes how she passed on her passion for reading to her daughters. She attempts to record "all the elements-positive, negative, planned, and accidental-that went into building [that] literary life." In a succession of short chapters devoted to each of those elements, Nash shares anecdotes and thoughts about passion, obsession, delight, jealousy, faith, and togetherness, among others, in a candid tone. Activities and advice are given at the end of each chapter. Nash also provides book lists (e.g., "Books To Read Aloud on a Rainy Day by Firelight") that readers will jump at when first opening the book. In her introduction, Nash suggests that she made some mistakes in the process of teaching her daughters to read; her book would have carried more weight if she had refined her analysis of those errors. Overall a light, fun, and quick read, this is recommended for larger public libraries.-Maryse Breton, Davis Branch Lib., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312315344
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennie Nash is the author of The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming: And Other Lessons I Learned from Breast Cancer and Altared States. Her work has appeared in Child, Shape, HOME, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Working Mother, Glamour, GQ, Mademoiselle, US, and Cosmopolitan, among other publications. She lives in Torrance, California with her husband and her two daughters.

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