This book is brimming with useful and very practical strategies to help 21st Century parents develop a love of reading and writing in their children, all supported by current research. The author recognises the significance of the digital world in the lives of the parents and their children and includes tips on how to use devices as well as books to help children to love reading. She writes in a simple, clear and friendly style- encouraging rather than intimidating and never lectures the reader. This is the kind of reference book that can be dipped in and out of repeatedly for ideas, as children grow from birth right through to adolescence.
The format of the book is very user-friendly with information clearly signposted. Shaded pages start each chapter with fun quotes, e.g. “If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” (Albert Einstein). There are a variety of fonts and headings used, illustrations and graphs clarify what is written and the notes at the end provide useful references for those who want to read further. An extremely valuable resource for parent libraries and a great piece of equipment for new parents.
Title: 7 Steps To Get Your Child Reading: practical tips for time-poor parents from an Australian Literacy expert
Author: Louise Park
Illustrator: Nelle May Pierce
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Age Range: Adults, especially parents and educators
Reviewer: Carola Crawford, English teacher, Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
Opening sentence: It is 2011, and Addie is just seventeen months old.
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