Whether on a book tour with her mother and co-author, the legendary actress Julie Andrews, at speaking engagements in schools, libraries and other public arenas, or in casual conversation, this question surfaces again and again, with increasing urgency, from parents, grandparents, educators, librarians and caregivers across the country.
In fact, eighty-two percent of parents wish their kids read more, according to Scholastic's annual "Kids and Family Reading" report. Parents overwhelmingly view reading as the most important skill a child needs to develop, which should come as nor surprise, since it is a well-documented fact that children who read well do better in all aspects of school and beyond.
Reading skills correspond directly to one’s ability to:
- Be a confident, informed citizen
- Communicate effectively
- Succeed in one's chosen career, and
- Achieve personal fulfillment.
But... a recent survey by the National Endowment for the Arts based on two decades of census reports states that, for the first time in modern history, less than half the adult population now reads literature for pleasure.
The disturbing facts are that one third of high school graduates and forty-two percent of college graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. This decline in reading literature occurs across all ages, sexes and races. It is most pronounced among the young.
Building on the premise that an appreciation for reading stems from an kinesthetic connection between books and pleasure, Raising Bookworms offers over 150 powerfully effective yet simple strategies to engage even the most reluctant reader, and to build, maintain or restore a love of reading for every age range.
Readers will discover...
- Why reading is so essential for success in school and in life
- How to build - or restore - the critical connection between reading and pleasure
- The value of, and techniques for, reading aloud to children of all ages
- How to find the best books for young readers
- Answers to frequently asked questions about developmental issues, the impact of television and the internet, and engaging older children and reluctant readers
- Hundreds of activities, resources, recommendations and tools for building the foundation for a life-long love of reading