Thursday, June 4, 2015

Knowledge Is Power

Have you noticed a topic or theme that your child is passionate about? It might be princesses or earth movers or dinosaurs. Your child is discovering that reading can help him learn more about what he is interested in. This is a very exciting idea. It is a powerful link to the idea of reading as a means to learning. 

Becoming an expert will make him feel proud of learning, and also provide a purpose for your reading together. 

Start a little “collection.” 

Go to the library or purchase books that are on this “topic.” If you elect to buy books, keep the books about that topic together on a shelf. 

Undoubtedly your child will move on to other interests. But you have shown him that there is power in knowledge. And reading is the key. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

It is "Take Your Child to the Library Day" Again!

If you needed another reason to take your child to a library, here is one. There is a designated "holiday" to encourage you to do it!

Here is the link to the website:

Every day is a great day to expose your child to the many books, experienced children's librarians, and special events at a public library. But, why not celebrate?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Learn Something New

Learn something new (yes, you). Show your child that you too, as an adult are learning. Send the message that learning is something you do for a lifetime. Say you see something interesting on TV—maybe a program about a time in history that intrigues you or an endangered animal species. Mention that you want to learn more about that topic. Then take your child to the library with you or to a bookstore, or even sit her beside you at the computer. Show her how you do the research and tell her what you are learning. 

This is a good way to help your child understand that reading is a way to learn about things—even for adults! That sounds simple and obvious, but your child might not really understand the power that reading provides. Model it. Help her gain an appreciation for the value of reading to learn.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mad for Reading Is Five Years Old!

Five years ago, Mad for Reading was born.

It has been a wonderful five years. I have enjoyed sharing ideas with my readers, promoting literacy events and organizations, meeting other bloggers, and navigating the exciting world of social media.

I deeply appreciate all the friends and family who have shared their ideas about reading books, as well as their fabulous photographs of children reading alone or with others. Help me celebrate the next five years of Mad for Reading by following me on Twitter, and/or here. Send me your ideas, advice, and photographs to help spread the joys of sharing stories and loving books. Keep the world reading!

Happy birthday to all of us!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Perfect Gift

Over the next few days, with some time off from work and school, make some time to read with your child. Enjoy some quiet time, laughing over favorite books. Snuggle together and enjoy some peaceful moments amid all the excitement. That is the best gift ever!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Celebrate "Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day!"

Saturday, December 6 is "Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day." It is the fifth anniversary of this special day. Five years ago 80 stores were part of the event. This year, more than 700 bookstores are observing the day.

Bookstores hold a special place in the lives of our communities and families. So many of us learned to love stories or discovered new authors in bookstores. Knowledgable vendors helped us to find just the right book for just the right time. And while the means for obtaining our reading material has been changing, bookstores are still an important venue for all of us. They are places to engage others in conversation about books and reading.

So expose your young child to the treasures that await in a bookstore. Large or small, bookstores need to be supported. So join in this celebration!

Read all about it:

Monday, November 24, 2014

If the Book (Doesn't) Fit . . .

Sometimes text is way too long to hold your child’s interest. Or a book just doesn't grab your child.

You are the best judge of your child’s waning attention. Use your judgment. If you sense your child is losing interest, and you think the book has enough to merit to continue reading, you have some choices. 

You can tell rather than read the tale. 
You can skip some description. 
You can summarize a bit.
You can let your child narrate.

See where the pages take you . . . or just put the book down and find a better book for your child!  

What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.