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

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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476749792
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 835,028
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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

Table of Contents

Foreword by Betsy Bird, New York City children's librarian ix

Introduction: The Born Reading Playbook, or How to Use This Book xv

Chapter 1 Before Your Baby Is Born 1 Interlude: How Sign Language Can Change Your Baby's Life 20

Chapter 2 First Year of Life 25

Interlude: Raising Library Babies 46

Chapter 3 Reading with a One-Year-Old 53

Interlude: How to Inspire Reluctant Readers 85

Chapter 4 Reading During the Terrible Twos 91

Interlude: The Joy of Homemade Books and Projects 123

Chapter 5 Three-Year-Old Readers 129

Interlude: Why Your Kid Should Read Comic Books 167

Chapter 6 Learning with Four-Year-Old Readers 173

Interlude: Mastering the Art of Storytelling 217

Chapter 7 Kindergarten and Beyond 223

Conclusion: How Born Readers Can Thrive with Common Core Standards 263

Reading List 277

App List 283

Bibliography 287

Acknowledgments 291

Index 293

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