To see your child’s eyes sparkle with anticipation as you turn the page in a favorite bedtime story can be one of a parents greatest delights. Fostering a love for reading in your child is not only beneficial to his academic success, but also to his imagination. Without the ability to visualize the unseen, creativity does not develop.
Today we begin reading to our children in utero hoping to stimulate their rapidly forming minds and connect with them audibly.
In her book What To Read When, Pam Allyn reminds us that “the sound of the human voice can reach across the gulf of age, of all the things that keep us apart, and create a bridge that lasts a lifetime and extends through generations.” (p. 2)
What To Read When is an invaluable tool for parents. Because a child’s interest changes with each milestone in their development, parents are often intimidated by the immense variety of available books. They can become disheartened when their child displays a lack of interest in their selection. Pam Allyn removes all guesswork for parents by recommending appropriate reading for each age and developmental level. Keep in mind, her selections are meant to be read to your child.
What To Read When is divided into three easy to navigate sections. They are as follows:
Part I: The Power of Reading Aloud
This first section not only explains why reading aloud is so important, but it also gives parents four keys to developing lifelong readers. Answers to frequently asked questions are also given.
Part II: What to Read Aloud at Every Age
Section two introduces the “Reader’s Ladder,” a chronological guide to choosing reading material.
Part III: The Emotional “When”: Fifty Essential Themes
This section recommends books that explore topics ranging from adoption to the body. The author provides literature that stimulates meaningful and emotional discussion between parent and child on topics that are relevant both to themselves and their world.
Pam Allyn, founder and director of LitLife, poignantly closes What To Read When with the following paragraph.
Here’s to the journey that is full of hope, courage, imagination, and possibility. This is all we can ask for. This is all we can do: sit down and read to our children and give them the stories that might teach them all of those things. So that when they step up for their diploma, or have their hearts broken for the first time, or reach a hand to someone who needs help, or struggle through hard times, they will never be alone.
And neither will you. (p. 306)
Penguin Group has given me this book so that I might host a little give-away. I’m excited because I love prizes!
To enter, leave me a comment indicating you’d like to be considered for the drawing and tell me either about your favorite book from childhood or about your favorite book to read to your child.
All entries must be in by midnight tomorrow, Sunday. Winners will be announced Monday.