Raising Readers: A New Series

Jul 25, 2013

A couple of months ago, I wrote a review about Raising a Reader: A Mother's Tale of Desperation and Delight.  Ever since finishing that book (and probably even before I read it), I've been thinking about the things I've done (and am currently doing) in my own life to foster a love of reading in my kids.

Rather than just making a bulleted list of ideas (there will probably still be many of those anyway), I decided to give this topic its own spotlight on my blog.

It's still in the planning stages, but I've been thinking about it for months, and I finally decided if I didn't just start with something, I would never start with anything.

So forgive me for brainstorming a little with you right now . . .

I'll probably do a post in this series one to two times a month, although I'm not opposed to more (if I have a backlog of ideas) or less (if I have nothing to share).

I'll be writing about such topics as "how to make time for reading," "finding the right level for your early reader," "teaching reading on the sly," etc. Since I have no professional background in teaching (unless the thing being taught includes musical notes), my "knowledge" will all be experiential and restricted to young children (five and under), until my test subjects grow up a little more. :-)

At this point, all three of my kids love books, but if there's one thing I've learned about parenting in the last five years, it's that kids are anything but predictable; they might wake up tomorrow morning and refuse to even cast a glance at a book; they might have learning disabilities; they might (gasp!) prefer other activities. Why, just the other day, I asked Aaron if he thought I liked to read (sometimes my children's perceptions can be most enlightening). "Yes," he said, "you love to read. But I don't." Oh, stab me in the heart, why don't you?!

So just know that this series will be a continuing and evolving one. It will probably be fairly disorganized--sometimes it will be about toddlers or preschoolers or kindergarteners or all three together; there may be times where I say one thing, and then in the next post I have to reclaim it or add an addendum; hopefully, I'll be able to convince a few of you to contribute your own ideas in the form of a guest post. What I'm saying is it will definitely be an "in the trenches" type of series.

Let me know if there's anything you'd like me to address specifically (ha! as if I'm in a position to be taking questions...). And if you have a good idea for the title of this series, I'd love to hear that as well.

Look for the first post next week!


  1. This sounds great, I'll look forward to this series. I would especially appreciate your perspective on how to raise boys who love reading. For some reason it seems easier with girls, but now that I have a boy I'm trying to figure out how I can inspire him from an early age. I hope you might have some insight there.

  2. I'm looking forward to this series! :) C doesn't like to sit still, so often I'll read while she's doing something else (playing with blocks, playing in the tub, etc.) and I'm always surprised that even when she doesn't seem to be paying much attention, she actually remembers a lot of details about what I read. (Okay, just thinking out loud because your post reminded me of that) :)

  3. I'll be excited to see what you have to say! I don't have kids yet, but I have several nephews that really don't like to read -- and I want to help them get into books that they'll enjoy.

  4. Sounds great. I'll be looking forward to it.

  5. Great idea! You know I've been thinking about this lately. I don't have kids, but my niece and nephews are definitely at a reading age. I supply my oldest nephew (almost 8) with a constant stream of books, but I want to know more about what I can do to encourage the others as well. Can't wait to see your posts.

  6. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  7. My two oldest are avid, daring readers but my daughter doesn't much care for reading. I like to think that I raised them all the same way but I know that by the time my daughter came along, there just wasn't as much time to read to her as there was with my oldest.

  8. I am so looking forward to this series!!


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