Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read: 125 Books That Will Turn Any Child into a Lifelong Reader

Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read: 125 Books That Will Turn Any Child into a Lifelong Reader

by Laura Backes

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Get Your Child Hooked on Books!
Reading can become a favorite part of any child's life—even children who think they hate to read. And, with the help of this unique book, it's easy to put your reluctant reader on the path to becoming an enthusiastic reader. Inside are 125 books that are certain to ignite your child's interest in reading. You'll find a variety of titles with real kid appeal—the best of the best for children of all reading levels. These books will captivate your child's interest and create a passion you never thought possible. So, for the love of reading and your child, come inside, explore all 125 books, and discover:
·Complete descriptions and synopses
·The appeal of each book to reluctant readers
·Suggested audience and reading levels
·Recommended readings if your child enjoys a particular book
·And much, much more!
By developing a love of reading and an emotional connection to books and ideas, your child can develop and maintain a high level of interest in reading—and get a head start on life.
"An excellent resource for parents and educators interested in promoting literacy among children, with practical tips on how to make reading a fun, educational, and rewarding experience for children of all ages."
Stephen Green, Ph.D., child development specialist, Texas A&M University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307809179
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/04/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Laura Backes is a former freelance editor and New York literary agent for children's books and is a frequent speaker at library and writer's conferences. She and her husband, Jon Bard, have published the Children's Book Insider: The newletter for Children's Writers for the past ten years. They live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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I’ve always had a passion for children’s books, and since 1986 I’ve been lucky enough to turn that passion into a means for earning a living. As an editor, writing instructor, and publisher of a newsletter for children’s book authors, I’ve studied countless books for children and edited hundreds of manuscripts for aspiring writers. And I learned that, though styles and trends come and go, the elements that make a book appealing to a child are timeless and constant. I truly believed that children’s books were better written than books for adults and that the most magical, brilliant children’s books would always rise to the top where anyone who so desired could easily discover them. 

And then I became a parent.

When I introduced my son to books, my first surprise was that he wasn’t always taken with the books I love. My second surprise came when, at about a year of age, he had already developed preferences for certain styles of artwork and types of stories. I had to retrain myself to look at books through his eyes.

When I met other parents of young children, their first question was always “Can you give me a list of books my child would like?” Most of these parents understood the value of reading to their children and were eager to nurture a love of books, but they were lost when they entered a bookstore or library. They didn’t know where to begin. As my son grew older, I met parents of young reluctant readers. Their question was more desperate: “Can you recommend some books that will help my child want to read?” The answer, I realized, was not as simple as handing over a list of titles.

If you’re the parent of a child who doesn’t like to read, you’ve probably felt the same frustration when faced with a wall of children’s books at the store or library. This book is created for you, to help you navigate through the ocean of available titles and choose what’s right for your child. I’ll show you how to recognize a good book for reluctant readers and how to match a book to your child. Because every child is different, there is no one-sizefits-all answer to which books are best, but this guide will help you develop a library your own child can love.

The titles I recommend in the second part of this book are meant to be a starting point. I’ve given you a mixture of genres and writing styles that I feel best embody those qualities that entice reluctant readers to open a book. Those books that appeal to your child now can be stepping-stones to other works by the same author or to similar books. I’ve also provided lists for further reading to help you along. My recommendations are by no means a final tabulation of everything wonderful that’s ever been published, but I believe that handing you specific, well-chosen information is better than bombarding you with every choice available.

Above all, remember this: Your child may acquire the skills necessary to read the printed word, but if he or she doesn’t develop a love of reading and an emotional connection to books and ideas, reading will never become a big part of his or her life.

So keep it fun. There are worlds waiting to be explored between the covers of books. Provide a gentle nudge, but allow your child to run in whatever direction he or she chooses. That’s the only way children ever find the books that really speak to them.

Table of Contents

1. Where Do I Start?
2. When Bribes Fail: How to Help Your Child Learn to Love Reading
3. Finding Your Way: A Road Map to the Children's Book Department
4. Taking the First Step
5. Keeping It Simple
6. Making the Transition
7. Stretching It Out
8. Ready for Anything
Further Recommended Reading
Resources for Parents
Credits and Permissions
General Index
Author Index
Index of Book Titles

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