Sunday, March 30, 2008

Grow a Reader in Your Home

Dr. Seuss wrote,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
Start your kids off on their first adventure in books with these suggestions from The New York Times Book Review on Children's Books and Oprah's Book Club!
  • Make a field trip to the library. Oprah says, "Make a big deal about getting a library card!"
  • Try to get children hooked on a favorite author or series. Oprah loved Lois Lenski while growing up.
  • According to the July 2000 issue of Good Housekeeping, 77% of elementary-school students return to school with a reading level below or at the level they had when they left the previous year. Make sure you have books available at home to read.
  • Have your child read aloud so you can gauge their progress.
  • Set a good example. Children need to see you reading!
  • Teach kids that reading is about pleasure.
  • Don't measure by the number of books read, but the time spent reading.
  • Help designate a special reading spot just for your child.
  • Joke books, comics, newspapers, magazines and maps make good reading too.
  • Read the same book along with your child — let your child recommend a book to you!
  • Check out Oprah's reading suggestions for kids of all ages!


  1. Hi,

    I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at
    Ranked by Accelerated Reader

    Thank you,

    Max Elliot Anderson



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