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Use Tactics to Tantalize Kids into Reading

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.”

There’s no question that reading is an important part of a child’s Educational experience, but how do you get Junior to sit down and open a book?  Motivation is the answer, experts agree.  While we’d like to show children that reading in and of itself is its own reward, tangible incentives (within reason) can be pretty effective.  Stickers, a trip to CALM, even a shiny new book may be just the ticket when it comes to inspiring Junior to turn the pages.  And whatever motivational method you choose, don’t link Junior to the number of pages or books; focus on the time he spends reading. 

Looking for interesting reads for your children in November?  Take a look at these titles:

Ages 3-8

Gobble, Gobble, by Cathryn Falwell, (Dawn Publications, 2011), $8.95.  Young naturalists will love following along with Jenny as she watches wild turkeys near her house as they nest and raise their young.  Spring, summer, autumn and winter bring out different fascinating things about the turkeys, and young readers can see them all in the author’s charming illustrations.  Readers can also learn more about the American wild turkeys in “Jenny’s Journal” at the end of the book.  A great book to share at Thanksgiving!

Ages 5-8

The Book of Which?, by Ray Bryant, illustrator, (Kingfisher, 2011), $7.99.  Which is the hottest planet?  Which are the biggest trees?  Which mouse is musical?  Do you have an inquiring mind in your house?  If your answer is yes, this is the book for you.  Complete with colorful illustrations and an index of “where you can find stuff” in the book, this title will have you answering Junior’s questions of “which” (well, 50 of them anyway) with the knowledge of a scholar.

The Book of Where?, by Ray Bryant, illustrator, (Kingfisher, 2011), $7.99.  Pulling on a wide variety of subjects, this book focuses on questions beginning with “where?”  Where did the dinosaurs go?  Where does it never rain?  Where do men wear skirts?  Fifty burning “where?” questions are answered in this cleverly written and humorously illustrated title.

Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever, by Julianne Moore, (Bloomsbury, 2011), $16.99.  Helen, aka “Freckleface Strawberry” had a best friend she could do best friend things with.  She and ole “Windy Pants” loved museums, ate lunch together and had families.  And they stuck up for each other.  Until it was pointed out that Windy Pants was a boy and Freckleface was a girl.  But it wasn’t the same.  A thoughtful tale of how true friendship can survive in spite of what others think.

The Princess and the Pig, by Jonathan Emmett, (Walker & Company, 2011), $16.99.  It’s a mix-up that could happen anywhere; no big deal, right?  Wrong!  It was a big deal when Princess Priscilla was switched with Pigmella the piglet.  Everyone thought it was the work of the fairies.  “It’s the kind of thing that happens all the time in books,” everyone agreed.  Young readers will get a kick out of this pig-to-princess tale.

Ages 12 & up

Basher Basics - Grammar: The Bill of Writes!, by Basher, (Kingfisher, 2011), $7.99.  If your kid thinks grammar is just a set of good-for-nothing rules made up by evil English teachers, let Junior have some hang-time with the Grammar Gang.  Noun is the superstar who thinks it all revolves around him.  Adverb loves to interrogate Verb for extra information.  And they’re all brought together by the unsung heroes, Conjunctions.  A fun book packed with guidelines to the English language that will help kids express their ideas with clarity and completeness.

Basher Basic - Music:  Hit the Right Note!, by Basher, (Kingfisher, 2011), $7.99.  Sound is the dude with the vibes who brings the world of music alive!  He’s the one who pulls together the Music Marvels of Rhythm, Tempo, Pitch, Dynamics, Melody and Harmony to bring music to your ears.  Kids will enjoy learning about music in this upbeat book that explores its different aspects in a clever and memorable way.

Basher Science - Algebra & Geometry:  Anything But Square!, by Basher, (Kingfisher, 2011), $7.99.  This book promises to help kids take things to the next level when it comes to math.  Readers will like spending time in “Mathland,” a peaceful world where two plus two will always equal four.  Calculating characters in groups such as the Counting Crew, Trig-Athletes and Shape Sisters give readers a fresh approach to math as they explain things like graphs, products and volume in a smart, playful way.

And for Mommy...

Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand, (Reagan Arthur, 2011), $26.99.  “Sail on silver girl/sail on by.”  Lyrics from the Simon and Garfunkel hit drifted through Meredith Martin Delinn’s head as she tried to make sense of her new reality.  Her world fell apart when it was revealed that her husband Freddy bilked billions of dollars from investors all over the world.  In her most desperate hour she turned to her childhood friend, Connie, even though it had been three years since they’d spoken.  A heart-warming story about the value of forgiveness, friendship, and what’s important in life.

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