Parent Resources: Help Develop a Love of Reading!


Big news!  BookitySplit.com has a new look!  Enabling you as parents to help your kids develop a love of reading, Bookity Split strives to provide information and resources you can actually use.  Check out the new topic tabs at the top of the page.   Hover over a tab and see previous posts related to that topic to make navigation easier.  The menu options are still available on the right side, and as always, you can click on specific tags on the right hand side to find posts that will interest you.

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The idea is for Bookity Split to be a toolkit for parents.  The new “Resources” tab has quick links to helpful Bookity Split posts as well as links to several websites that are wonderful resources for parents who are interested in helping their children learn to love reading.

“If children need to learn vocabulary, they should read.
If they need to develop fluency, they should read.
If they need to learn about a topic, they should read.
If they need to be a person they are not, they should read.
If they need to walk in the shoes of someone else, at least for a while, they should read.
If they need to grow, to stretch, to dream, to laugh, to cry, to find a friend, to vanquish a foe, they should read.
Kids should read.”

~Colleen Beers

Websites/Apps that are Worth Exploring:

Bookmark BookitySplit.com or those specific websites to quickly find your way to those resources.

Read-Aloud Handbook Book List

If you have time, read Jim Trelease’s book The Read-Aloud Handbook.  But if you don’t have time, take a few minutes to look at his website.  He has officially retired, but there are many great resources on his website including a link to his amazing read-aloud book list!

Common Sense Media Book Reviews

I use Common Sense Media frequently to check recommended age levels for books, movies, apps, and video games that my kids are interested in.  It is a great go-to source for knowing what controversial issues might be included in any of those types of media.  You can also read reviews and their blog offers great parenting tips, especially about technology.  I follow Common Sense Media on Facebook and Twitter, which is a great way to see their new content.

Overdrive

Connect to your public library to check out free ebooks and audiobooks!  I LOVE using Overdrive.  I recommend it to everyone.  Between e-books and audiobooks, we use this free service all of the time.  You just have to connect your library card and then you have access to all sorts of free e-books and audiobooks that are easily downloadable to your devices.  Click here for detailed directions on how to get started using Overdrive.  I use it on my computer and as an app on my phone.  Their new Libby app is supposed to be the updated version of the old Overdrive app, and I plan to check it out soon.

Brightly

ReadBrightly.com is a website that is sponsored by Penguin Random House Publishing, which I am not endorsing more than any other publishing house, but I really enjoy reading their articles relating to reading and parenting.  I subscribe to their email updates and I find the content worthwhile.

ReadAloud.org

ReadAloud.org has a link to the 21 Day Read Aloud Challenge, which challenges parents to read aloud to their child 15 minutes every day for 21 days.  But it also has links to infographics and handouts about why reading aloud is so important.  Take a minute to check it out and spread the word to your friends!

Read Aloud Revival

Created by a mom, this website is full of great resources, with even more resources available if you are willing to pay for a subscription.  Included free is a great book list of read-alouds, blog articles, and access to her podcast.

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Books About Reading that are Worth Reading:

I often have a “secondary” book I’m reading on a topic I want to learn more about.  These books are usually non-fiction.  I try to read a little bit each day, while still reading another book for fun.  In this way, I can slowly work through parenting books and other non-fiction books that I wouldn’t normally pick as my first choice of book.  The following books would make great “secondary” books, if you are interested in reading more about helping your child love reading!

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Fox, Mem- Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

In quick chapters, Mem Fox outlines a strong argument for why we should all read to our children.  Her humorous take on the world is evident in this book, and I laughed out loud as I read it.  Easy to read and easy to understand.  Read more about Reading Magic here.

Miller, Donalyn- The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

I haven’t read one this yet, but it is on my bedside table as my next “secondary” book to read.  I will review it in more detail once I’ve read it, but I’ve heard amazing things.  Donalyn Miller is a teacher who has been able to inspire her students to read 40+ books each year.  I hear she has some great tips up her sleeve!  I’m excited to read it!

Krashen, Stephen-The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, 2nd Edition

This is a book I had to read for a library course in graduate school.  It is heavy on the research, and not an easy read.  BUT if you are inclined, is a very interesting read about why it is so important for children to read.

Trelease, Jim- The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition

This is the seventh edition of Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook.  My mom owned a copy of the first edition in the early 80s and used it as a resource back then.  The field of children’s literature has dramatically increased since the first edition was published.  The newer editions have updated lists including many current children’s books, and it is worth it to take a look at the newest edition even if you have a previous version.  Jim Trelease offers a parent perspective on reading and tips for how to incorporate reading aloud into your everyday life.  He makes a strong case in this book about the importance of reading aloud to our children.  I’m a fan.

“If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent and every adult caring for a child read aloud three stories a day to the children in their lives ,we would probably wipe out illiteracy in one generation”

-Reading Magic by Mem Fox

Please comment or email me if you have other ideas for great resources that I should add to this list!   Let’s share ideas and encourage each other on this journey!

Happy Reading!