Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

– “How can I get my child to turn off the TV (computer, Gameboy, cell phone, etc.) and pick up a book?”
– What’s the Answer—And What Qualifies Me to Suggest It?
– What You Will Find in These Pages
– A Vision for the Future
– Some Whys and Hows of Reading
– A Short History of Reading
– Some Reasons for the Decline in Reading
– The Power of Association

The Strategies

Babies and Toddlers: Sowing the Seeds for a Love of Reading
Creating the Connections
– In the Home
– Beyond the Home
What to Read
Reading Techniques
Emma’s Family Favorites for Babies and Toddlers

Preschoolers: Cultivating the Joy of Reading
Building the Connections
– In the Home
– Beyond the Home
Actions and Activities
– Supporting Your Child
– Encouraging Exploration
– Skill Building
– Beyond the Home
What to Read
Reading Techniques
– Developing Listening/Critical Thinking Skills
– Read-Aloud Skills
– Maximizing Interest
Emma’s Family Favorites for Preschoolers

Elementary School: Nurturing the Budding Reader
Strengthening the Connections
– In the Home
– Beyond the Home
Actions and Activities
– Supporting Your Child
– Encouraging Exploration
– Skill Building
– Beyond the Home
What to Read
Reading Techniques
– Developing Listening/Critical Thinking Skills
– Read-Aloud Skills
– Maximizing Interest
Emma’s Family Favorites for Elementary School

Middle School and Beyond: Deepening the Roots
Cementing the Connections
– In the Home
– Beyond the Home
Actions and Activities
– Supporting Your Child
– Encouraging Exploration
– Skill Building
– Beyond the Home
What to Read
Reading Techniques
– Developing Listening/Critical Thinking Skills
– Read-Aloud Skills
– Maximizing Interest
Emma’s Family Favorites for Middle School and Beyond

Special Situations and Frequently Asked Questions

– When Should a Child Learn to Read?
– Fluency and Comprehension
– How do I Know if My Child Has a Reading Problem?
– Reading to Older Kids
– Is It Too Late to Help High Schoolers?
– The Job of Schools and Teachers
– In-class Reading Time
– No Time to Read
– Questionable Reading Material
– TV and the Internet
– Finding Good Books for Kids
– Life After Harry Potter
– Will This Really Make a Difference?

Recommended Resources

How to Find Great, Age-Appropriate Books
– Book Awards
– Books
– Magazines, Journals, and Other Publications
– Organizations and Programs
– Websites, Blogs, and Other Web Resources

Appendix

Table 1: Creating the Connections—Strategies for Each Age Group
Table 2: Actions and Activities—Strategies for Each Age Group
Table 3: What to Read—Recommendations for Each Age Group
Table 4: Reading Techniques—Strategies for Each Age Group

Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Other Books by Emma Walton Hamilton