I’ve got another great read for you guys today and I think what you’re going to love most about it is how super easy and quick it is to get through. Because, let’s face it, as much as we all have the best intentions about reading that super-helpful parenting book, it often just doesn’t get done.
Raising A Rockstar Reader is different though. It is truly one of the most skimmable and easily digested books I have ever read– and it’s packed with really great info. too. Hooray for a great book that will actually lead to some tangible results for my kids!
So what is the book exactly?
Put out by the trusted folks over at Scholastic, basically it’s a list of 75 detailed tips on how to really, truly get your kids excited about reading and how to help them grow their literacy skills.
It was written by two bloggers who I am fortunate to call friends, who kindly sent me a review copy, and who I know to have stellar training to write just this book.
About the Authors
Amy Mascott is the creator of Teach Mama, where she shares tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers they can be for their children. A Reading Specialist, writer, and literacy consultant, Amy’s work has been featured on dozens of online and print publications, including Scholastic Parents, PBS Parents, readwritethink.org, PBS Digital Studios, and more.
A former high school English teacher, Amy expanded the walls of her classroom and often shares her expertise at local and national conferences and events, speaking about literacy, education, social media, and community building. She currently sits on the Gates Foundation Teacher2Teacher Community Advisory Committee.
Allison McDonald is a preschool teacher and the mom behind the popular early education website, No Time For Flash Cards. Reading, especially helping lay the groundwork for learning to read, has been a passion of Allison’s for many years. Her creative lessons can be found on many sites, including PBS Parents and the Raise a Reader blog on Scholastic Parents, where she is a regular contributor.
About the Book
I really wish I could hand each of you this book in person because I know once you start thumbing through it you’ll see how absolutely crammed-full it is of really useful stuff.
Everything from how to set up a book nook, how to set up a writing center and how to use technology to build a better reader to how to use meal time, play dough time, and car time to work on vocabulary and letter recognition.
And the lists! I would totally buy this book just for the amazing resource lists. Here are few of my favorites:
- Top 10 Books for Baby/Toddlers/Preschoolers/Kindergartners
- Top 10 Early Chapter Books
- Six Fantastic Alphabet Books
- Best Children’s Albums with Songs for Literacy
- Favorite Apps for Little Ones/Slightly Older Kids
- Favorite Website for Kids
Last but not least, there are also tons and tons of low/no set-up activities and games that you can easily throw together for your child at home in under 5 minutes.
I really couldn’t give this book a higher endorsement. In my opinion, it’s truly the only thing you’ll need to always be prepared to help your reader at home- regardless of the stage they’re at with their literacy. I highly encourage you to pre-order your copy today!
From the Publisher
Written for today’s time-crunched parents, this book is filled with easy-to-implement tips for creating a literate environment and fun, quick activities for building children’s oral language and early reading and writing skills. Just five minutes a day every day is all it takes to foster a child’s love of reading and learning. For use with Grades K-5.
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