Reading is a crucial skill — and it ought to be fun. But, for parents whose kids struggle to read (or just don’t like doing it), the topic can be a tricky one.
In this episode, Christine interviews Amy Mascott, co-author of the new book Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading — a nonjudgmental guide loaded with great ideas.
Christine and Amy discuss:
- Why you don’t need to correct your kids’ speech
- A clever way to teach kids literacy using your phone (what?)
- How to encourage reluctant readers
- How to balance your own reading time and reading with older kids
- Whether you need to monitor content
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Mentioned in the podcast
- Minimalist Parenting
- The book: Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading
- The authors: Amy Mascott of Teach Mama + Allison McDonald of No Time for Flash Cards
- Great educational resources for parents: Scholastic Parents, PBS Parents, Common Sense Media
- Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom (on the loss of “smarshmellows”)
- Jenna Hatfield of Stop, Drop, and Blog (on reading with kids who read on their own)
- Some of Christine’s favorite early chapter books for kids: Ivy and Bean series + Elmer and the Dragon series
- Christine’s crowd-sourced book lists: 55 recommendations, 80 recommendations, 100 recommendations
- The Hunger Games (a book that sparked intense debate in Christine’s circles re: 5th grade appropriateness)
- Favorite book recommendations from Amy: Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes, Unbroken (original version) by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken (young adult adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand, For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health by Al Vernacchio