How parents and educators can teach kids to love reading in the digital age Everyone agrees that reading is important, but kids today tend to lose interest in reading before adolescence. In Raising Kids Who Read , bestselling author and psychology professor Daniel T. Willingham explains this phenomenon and provides practical solutions for engendering a love of reading that lasts into adulthood. Like Willingham's much-lauded previous work, Why Don't Students Like School? , this new book combines evidence-based analysis with engaging, insightful recommendations for the future. Intellectually rich argumentation is woven seamlessly with entertaining current cultural references, examples, and steps for taking action to encourage reading. The three key elements for reading enthusiasm--decoding, comprehension, and motivation--are explained in depth in Raising Kids Who Read . Teachers and parents alike will appreciate the practical orientation toward supporting these three elements from birth through adolescence. Most books on the topic focus on early childhood, but Willingham understands that kids' needs change as they grow older, and the science-based approach in Raising Kids Who Read applies to kids of all ages. A practical perspective on teaching reading from bestselling author and K-12 education expert Daniel T. Willingham Research-based, concrete suggestions to aid teachers and parents in promoting reading as a hobby Age-specific tips for developing decoding ability, comprehension, and motivation in kids from birth through adolescence Information on helping kids with dyslexia and encouraging reading in the digital age Debunking the myths about reading education, Raising Kids Who Read will empower you to share the joy of reading with kids from preschool through high school.
From the Back Cover Praise for RAISING KIDS WHO READ Raising Kids Who Read provides a fresh, down-to-earth approach to the difficult charge of raising a lifelong reader. It's filled with practical, easy-to-follow advice that busy parents and teachers can implement. Willingham makes it fun to read, like having coffee with a friend. --Angela Kanak, English teacher, Kankakee High School, Kankakee, IL Engaging ... Willingham's tone is sometimes playful and always genuine. I particularly appreciated his refreshing mix of candor and positivity. When parents finish reading this manuscript, they'll feel inspired to make changes in the home environment, empowered to do so, and enthusiastic about the potential benefit. --Jessica Pack, 2014 California Teacher of the Year; blogger, packwomantech.com Praise for WHY DON'T STUDENTS LIKE SCHOOL? Brilliant analysis ... -- Wall Street Journal Dan Willingham, rare among cognitive scientists for also being a wonderful writer, has produced a book about learning in school that reads like a trip through a wild and thrilling new country. For teachers and parents, even students, there are surprises on every page. --Jay Mathews, education columnist, Washington Post Few other books that attempt to relate brain research to learning and teaching are as clear and straightforward. -- The School Administrator Startling ... thought-provoking ... a valuable contribution to any teacher's bookshelf. -- Childhood Education
From the front Cover You don't need to be a superhero to help kids love reading Reading is our link to the world around us--past, present, and future. Yet today's kids live in a media-saturated world that entices them with a glut of less enriching alternatives. In Raising Kids Who Read , best-selling author and psychology professor Daniel T. Willingham provides parents and teachers with practical solutions for engendering a love of reading that lasts into adulthood. Similar to Willingham's much-lauded Why Don't Students Like School? , this new book combines evidence-based analysis of the latest research with engaging, insightful recommendations. Willingham reveals the three elements that are essential for kids to enjoy reading--decoding, comprehension, and motivation--and provides practical tips for supporting all three from birth through adolescence. Weaving together intellectually rich arguments and entertaining discussion, Raising Kids Who Read offers Research-based, concrete suggestions that help parents and teachers instill a love of reading Age-specific tips for developing decoding ability, comprehension, and motivation in kids from birth onward Advice for helping kids with reading problems and encouraging reading in the digital age Debunking myths about literacy instruction, Raising Kids Who Read will empower you to share the joy of reading with kids of all ages.