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Madeline Boskey
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Get to School!
Now that the school year has begun, consider a visit to your child's classroom to read aloud with your child’s class. Once the teacher has given the OK, also be
sure your child agrees with this plan. And ask him which book he wants to
share with the class. ...

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When Books Inspire . . .
If a book sparks an interest in your child—say something a
character does or perhaps an intriguing and unique setting—see if you can replicate the experience.  If your child is fascinated by something she reads in a book, encouraging that interest will stre...

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Book Action!
Some children are tactile learners—they learn and explore by touching
and feeling. You may recognize that this term describes your child if you are constantly wiping tiny finger prints
from every surface in your home.  When it comes to reading, go with it. ...

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Summer Reading . . .
This one takes a little advance planning. Before the summer
break, ask your child’s preschool for a list of books that will be read in
class in the next year. Over the summer, read some of them with your child. That summertime experience makes the books fam...

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Beyond the Bookshelf
Although many parents love having their children's books nicely organized on bookshelves, try to think outside the shelf. It sounds simple, but just having books in a convenient place can facilitate reading. For example, in a nursery, keep a stack of favori...

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Siblings Reading Together
Encourage siblings to read together. Each one of the children will be rewarded. Older siblings get to practice their skills and feel a sense of importance and mastery. Younger siblings will get exposure to an additional reader (with a unique style of readin...

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Transformation: Libraries and Young Readers
Mark Condon of Unite for Literacy has written a wonderful piece about the role of libraries in helping to create young readers. It celebrates the Week of the Young Child and National Library Week, and  captures the essence of both initiatives in a thoughtfu...

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Happy 100th Birthday to Beloved Children's Book Author, Beverly Cleary!
Enjoy this tribute by Nicholas Kristof to one of the most beloved of children's book authors, Beverly Cleary. And take note of his wonderful reminder about the importance of reading aloud to your children! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/opinion/sunday/ha...

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The Questions to Ask
When reading with your child, ask the questions that will get her thinking. You will be helping her to think more deeply about what she is reading.   You are not looking to test your child, but to encourage her to reflect. Pam Allyn , a literacy expert and ...

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Plan Ahead for That School Visit When you do visit your child's class, make sure to bring your child's favorite book to share with her friends. Talk together before the visit to plan the selelction. (Remember that you are visiting her world.) It can be a bo...
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