The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading with Your Child [NOOK Book]


Bring out the reader in every child.

This one-of-a-kind guide helps parents raise their kids to be readers for life. Includes tips for moms and dads (even when English isn't their first language) along with the other adults in their lives, suggests great titles to be read aloud, apart, and together, from birth to high school, and much, much more.

-The book's Great Titles to Share together lists are broken out by age in appropriate chapters and ...

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading with Your Child

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Bring out the reader in every child.

This one-of-a-kind guide helps parents raise their kids to be readers for life. Includes tips for moms and dads (even when English isn't their first language) along with the other adults in their lives, suggests great titles to be read aloud, apart, and together, from birth to high school, and much, much more.

-The book's Great Titles to Share together lists are broken out by age in appropriate chapters and then gathered together in an appendix for easy cross-referencing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101495513
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 936 KB

Meet the Author

Helen Coronato is a former middle school English teacher and children's librarian. She's published articles in such publications as Parentguide News and International Doula Magazine, and her monthly parenting columns, Rearing Readers and Stories to Grow on can be seen at the popular e-zines and She's also the host of Project Armchair: Books to Motivate Your Muse, where she welcomes a series of writing professionals, artists, and gurus.
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Table of Contents

Literacy Begins at Home     1
Who's a Qualified Reading Teacher?     3
Your Child's Most Important Reading Teacher     4
Meet the Parents     5
Yes, You Can!     5
Easy, Affordable, Accessible, Fun     6
Why You Must Do This     7
Considerations for Parents     8
The Weight of Your Influence     8
Your Area of Expertise     9
How You'll Benefit     10
When Parents Hate to Read     11
When English Is Not Your Dominant Language     12
Unique Challenges     13
Embraceable Opportunities     14
Family Fluency     15
Caregivers     15
Softer Touches: Grandparents     16
You're Paying Them: Babysitters     17
Do Your Homework: Day Care     18
Hooked on Commercial Products     19
Packaged Programs and Parental Fears     19
You Cannot Buy a Better Reader     20
Keep It Simple     21
Assessing Your Audience by Age and Stage     23
Getting Started     24
Is It Too Soon?     24
Is It Too Late?     25
Is There a Right Way?     26
Common Denominators     26
Living by the Pleasure Principle     28
Is There a Wrong Way?     29
Misinformation     29
Misguided Attempts     30
Sorting Through the Stacks     31
All Books Are Not Created Equal     31
Discover Treasure     33
Abandon Ship     33
Loan or Own?     34
All Access Books     34
Quality, Not Quantity     35
Fostering a Sense of Ownership     36
Reading Is More Than Just Books     39
Special Delivery     40
Precious Periodicals     40
Sunday Comics     42
Letters, Postcards, and Packages     44
Room with a View     44
Art and Artists     45
Music Appreciation     46
History's Mysteries     47
Antiques and Collectibles     47
Heart of the House     48
Everything, Even the Kitchen Sink     49
Magnets and Magic     49
Relative Recipes     50
Daily Planners     51
Bedrooms     52
Prized Possessions     52
Guilty Pleasures     53
The Special Shelf     54
Twenty Great Titles to Try Together     55
A Look Back: Five Timeless Tales     55
Hot Off the Press: Five New and Improved Stories     55
Playground Picks: Five Mom Approved Titles     56
Award Winners: Five Critically Acclaimed Books     56
Crib Notes-Introducing Books to Your Baby and Toddler     51
The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Newborns     59
All Babies Are Created Equal     60
Books and the Bump     60
A Little Lesson on Language Development     61
The Value of Vocabulary     62
Sounds Familiar     63
Motherese     64
Voice Recognition     64
Are You Sure This Really Works?     65
Experts Agree     66
Kitchen Table Wisdom     66
Attitude vs. Aptitude     67
Routines, Rituals, and Relaxation     67
Lights Out     68
Rise and Shine and Read     69
Creature Comforts     69
Little Learners: Toddler Time     71
Thank Heaven for Little Read-Aloud Books     72
Built to Last     72
Board Books      73
Cloth Books     73
Elements of the Read-Aloud Story     74
The Art of Choosing a Beginner Book     74
If You're Happy and You Know It, Buy This Book     75
Sneeze, Cough, Clap, and Snap: The Joy of Sound Effects     76
Captive Audience = Energy + Enthusiasm     77
A Successful Strategy: Storytelling Suggestions     77
Preview     78
Participate     79
Praise     80
Print Awareness     81
Now I Know My ABCs     82
What's in a Name?     82
Number Recognition     83
Building Your Home Library     85
Positive Play     86
A Tisket, a Tasket, My Very Own Book Basket     86
Stop, Drop, and Read!     87
The Zen of Read-Alouds     88
Cooling Off and Calming Down     89
Quality Quiet Time     89
Repetition, Repetition, Repetition     90
Familiarity Breeds Content     91
"When Can We Move On?"     91
The Special Shelf     92
Souvenirs     93
What to Read Next     93
Little Kids with Big Problems     95
Separation Anxiety     96
Easing Transitions     97
"Bye, Bye" Doesn't Mean Forever     98
Meaningful Milestones     99
Preparing for Potty Time     99
Pacifiers and Security Blankets     100
Schools Days     101
A Formula That Fits     102
Shared Fears and Tears     103
"Just Like Me!"     104
Homemade Books     105
Simple Solutions for Restless Readers     107
He Won't Sit Still!     108
Break the Reading Rules     108
Rework the Routine     109
Wordless Books     110
Should I Force Him to Read?     110
Threats Ruin Reading     111
Monitor Materials     112
Find Your Own Way     112
When Should I Start Formal Instruction?     113
Step Away from the Flashcards     114
Real Time Reading     115
Reading Is Not a Spectator Sport     115
Audience Participation     116
Book Nooks     117
Twenty Great Titles to Try Together     119
Keep at It     120
You're on Your Way     121
Apply the Pleasure Principle      121
A Look Back: Five Timeless Tales     122
Hot Off the Press: Five New and Improved Tales     124
Playground Picks: Five Mom-Approved Titles     125
Award Winners: Five Critically Acclaimed Books     127
I Think I Can, I Think I Can: Encouraging Emergent Readers     131
Little Learners and Written Language     133
Pre-School Readers     134
"No More Baby Books!"     135
Concept Books     136
Action and Adventure     137
"Finally, Dialogue," He Said     137
Primary School Readers     138
Big-Kid Picture Book     139
Easy Readers     140
Purposeful Play     141
Index Card Intelligence     141
I Spy a Sound     142
Guided Reading     142
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You     143
Cover to Cover     144
Multiple Special Shelves     145
The "Good" Books     146
Raise That Reading Level     146
Handling Sticky Situations     149
Playground Politics     150
Making Friends     151
Bullies and Troublemakers     152
Last to Get Picked      153
Sticking Up for Oneself     154
When Things Go Wrong     155
Death of a Loved One     156
Differences and Diversity     157
Dangers and Disasters     159
A Formula That Works     159
Character Cues     160
Empowering Your Child     161
An Aggressive Campaign for Reluctant Readers     163
Skills, Drills, and Few Reading Thrills     164
Phonics Worksheets     165
Whole Language     166
Balancing the Books     167
Self Motivation     167
"Five More Minutes, Please!"     168
The Late Show     169
"Put It on My (Library) Card"     170
Recondition Your Read-Alouds     171
Living-Room Campout     171
Pajama Party     173
Christmas in July     174
All in the Family     175
Indulging Your Advanced Reader     176
Nurturing Your Slow Reader     177
Leading By Example     177
Great Emergent-Reader Titles to Try Together     179
Keep at It     180
Peaks and Valleys     180
Apply the Pleasure Principle      181
A Look Back: Five Timeless Tales     182
Hot Off the Press: Five New and Improved Stories     183
Playground Picks: Five Mom-Approved Titles     185
Award Winners: Five Critically Acclaimed Books     187
The Independent Reader: Leap Into Literature     189
Learn to Read, Read to Learn     191
Every Reader Is an Individual     192
When Reading Levels Don't Measure Up     192
I Know What I Like     194
Independent Doesn't Mean Isolated     194
Variety Is the Spice of Reading     195
Fiction     196
Biography     197
History and Herstory     197
Poetry     198
"Do These Really Count?"     200
Seriously Good Series Books     200
Comic Books     201
Raise the Reading-Aloud Bar     202
Home Library Additions     203
Special Shelf Gets a Facelift     204
Pace Yourself: The Beauty of Bookmarks     205
Books for Bumpy Roads     207
Managing Media     208
Family Values vs. Pop Culture     208
Sitcoms, Websites, and Song Lyrics     209
Titles That Can Engage and Enrage      210
Bathroom Humor and Bad Manners     211
When the Bad Guys Win     212
When Things Go Wrong     213
Divorce     213
Death     215
Disappointment     216
A Formula That Fits     217
Shared Reading     218
Identify, Don't Compare     219
When Booklovers Get Bored     221
Recreational Reading: An Endangered Idea     222
The Hassle of Homework     223
Over-Scheduled, Over-Stimulated     224
Fill In the Blanks     225
Definitions, Details, and Doldrums     225
A Mere Means to an End     226
Back to Basics     227
Model and Mentor     227
Have Books, Will Travel     228
Think Outside the Book     230
High-Interest, High-Impact     231
Conspicious Materials     232
Collections and Hobbies     232
Suggest, Don't Smother     233
Great Independent Reader Titles to Try Together     235
Keep at It     236
Highs and Lows     236
Apply the Pleasure Principle     237
A Look Back: Five Timeless Tales      237
Hot Off the Press: Five New and Improved Stories     239
Playground Picks: Five Mom-Approved Titles     240
Award Winners: Five Critically Acclaimed Books     241
Tweens, Teens, and the Reading Scene: Young Adult Audiences     245
A Whole New World     247
Pages of Pleasure-Winning Selections     248
Magic-Bullet Books     249
Sustained Silent Reading     250
Coming of (Uncomfortable) Age     252
Nothing but the Truth     252
The Discomfort Zone     254
Gateway Reading     255
Seriously Good Series Books     255
Voices for a Generation     256
Rated "M" for Maturing Taste     259
Teens and Adult Novels     260
"I Don't Want Her Reading About That!"     260
Sticky Situations     262
A Formula That Fits     263
Paired Reading     264
Pass It On     265
Your Home Library Grows Up     267
Magazines and Newspapers     267
Around the House     268
Special Shelf Revealed     269
Reluctant Readers and the Hard Sell     271
How Schools Ruin Reading      272
Isolationism: Silencing Joyful Noise     272
Irrelevance: Classic Mistakes     273
Dissection: "Tell 'Em What They Want to Hear"     275
When Writing Replaces Reading     276
Face the Competition     277
Television and Computers     277
Sports and Clubs     279
Fresh Approaches     279
Book Clubs: Where Generations and Genres Meet     280
Incentive Packages     282
Build a Buzz     283
Great Young Adult Titles to Try Together     285
Keep at It     286
The Big Payoff: Raising a Reader for Life     286
Apply the Pleasure Principle     287
A Look Back: Five Timeless Tales     287
Hot Off the Press: Five New and Improved Stories     289
Playground Picks: Five Mom-Approved Titles     290
Award Winners: Five Critically Acclaimed Books     291
Titles to Share-A Compilation     295
Titles for Parents to Try     305
Index     307
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