Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

by Walton Hamilton


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This book offers creative strategies, tips, and activities to help young people discover - or rediscover - the joy and empowerment of reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981583303
Publisher: Beech Tree Books
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Emma Walton Hamilton is an author, editor, educator and theatre professional. She has co-authored 16 books for children of all ages with her mother, Julie Andrews, and serves as Editorial Director for the Julie Andrews Collection publishing program. One of the founders of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, Emma served as Co-Artistic Director and subsequently Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences for seventeen years. She continues to act as Education Consultant for the Theatre. Emma speaks to groups around the country as an arts and literacy advocate. She has been a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, a National Ambassador for The Broadway League's Kids' Night on Broadway, and a trustee for the Morriss Center School in Bridgehampton, New York.

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Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Raising Bookworms, Emma Walton Hamilton's main premise is that we should connect reading with joy. Many of her techniques such as reading aloud, creating a book nook, keeping books in every room, and modeling a love of reading yourself, hearken back to this main theme. Each chapter focuses on one age group - baby and toddler, preschool, elementary school, and middle school. Hamilton warns in the introduction that a lot of the techniques carry over into other age groups, so reading from cover to cover can be repetitive. Most of her suggestions are common sense; perhaps because I took so many courses in children's services when working towards my Library Science degree, I didn't find a lot that I had not already known. At the end of each chapter, she includes a list of some of her "Family Favorites" as suggestions.Personally, I was often bored or frustrated in the reading of the book, basically because it was not the book I wanted nor do I find it extremely useful right now, with no children and no real capability of putting her suggestions into practice either at home or at work. Despite the introduction, I found myself quickly getting annoyed with the repetitive structure of the book and the frequent use of italics. I did enjoy the chapter of various resources - recommended books, awards, and websites, and kept note of a few to pass on to my younger sister, who is now in middle school. But while I wasn't too thrilled with it personally, this book is a handy resource to suggest to parents who want to interest their kids in reading from a young age, and don't know where to start. The repetitive nature of the techniques and suggestions would probably be less obvious if you were to hone in on the applicable chapters for your children's ages. While the italics are annoying (probably an editorial choice, but I felt like I was being talked down to) and the book suggestions put series titles out of order, it's generally a good resource and starting point for parents who want to positively reinforce reading in their homes.Personal reaction: 2 starsRecommending to parents: 4 stars
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Raising Bookworms is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.