Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do

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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.


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ISBN-13: 9781118769720
ISBN-10: 1118769724
Pagini: 240
Dimensiuni: 159 x 237 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Locul publicării: Hoboken, United States

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Parents and teachers of children from preschool through high school; reading specialists; educational therapists; tutors; literacy coaches; administrators.

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"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,
"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


About the Author vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Have Fun, Start Now 1
1 The Science of Reading 7
2 Preparing Your Child to Learn to Decode 31
3 Creating a Thirst for Knowledge 41
4 Seeing Themselves as Readers before They Can Read 57
5 Learning to Decode 75
6 Banking Knowledge for the Future 95
7 Preventing a Motivation Backslide 113
8 Reading with Fluency 131
9 Working with More Complex Texts 145
10 The Reluctant Older Reader 165
Conclusion 189
Appendix: Accessing the Bonus Web Content 193
Suggestions for Further Reading 195
Works Cited 199
Index 219

Notă biografică

DANIEL T. WILLINGHAM, PHD, is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His best–selling first book, Why Don′t Students Like School? (Jossey–Bass, 2009), was hailed as "brilliant analysis" by the Wall Street Journal and "a triumph" by the Washington Post, recommended by scores of education–related magazines and blogs, and translated into many languages. His most recent book, When Can You Trust the Experts? How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education (Jossey–Bass, 2012), was named recommended reading by Nature and Scientific American, and made Choice′s list of outstanding academic titles for 2013.