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Born Reading: Storytime Tips from Great Readers

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While writing "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age," I interviewed teachers, librarians, child development experts, neuroscientists and many other professionals. …

While writing "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age," I interviewed teachers, librarians, child development experts, neuroscientists and many other professionals.

This slideshow collects interactive reading tips from some of the best readers I met on my journey, including poet Nikki Giovanni, comic book creator Stan Lee and Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton.

All tips include a recommended book that parents and caregivers can use to practice the technique.

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  • 1. BORN READING: STORYTIME TIPS FROM GREAT READERS
  • 2.  Numerous studies have shown that interactive reading—active engagement with a child during the reading experience—can raise a child’s IQ by more than six points.  In Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, I distilled interactive reading techniques into a simple “Born Reading Playbook” for parents. BORN READING
  • 3. While writing Born Reading, I interviewed teachers, librarians, child development experts, neuroscientists and many other professionals. This slideshow collects interactive reading tips from some of the best readers I met on my journey.
  • 4. Tip # 1 from author Sara Gillingham: Ask questions & have the child point to objects they know
  • 5.  In Rebecca O'Connell’s book, a baby goes through the motions of a normal day.  These bright illustrations offer plenty of opportunities to point to objects inside the book. PRACTICE: “THE BABY GOES BEEP”
  • 6. Tip #2 from Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton: Remember how to play like a child
  • 7. PRACTICE: “PLEASE, BABY PLEASE”  Movie director Spike Lee and producer Tonya Lewis Lee evoke the frustration and joy of a toddler.  Kadir Nelson’s gorgeous pictures will help kids describe and talk about feelings.
  • 8. Tip #3 from comic book creator Stan Lee: Act out scenes from their favorite books
  • 9. Mo Willems’ “Let’s Go for a Drive” is filled with interactive dialogue. Try using different voices for characters, imitating facial expressions and jumping around the room like Elephant and Piggie. PRACTICE: “LET’S GO FOR A DRIVE”
  • 10. Tip #4 from Poet Nikki Giovanni: Whether you enjoy poetry, storytelling or hip hop, share it with the kids in your life.
  • 11.  Giovanni edited this anthology of hip hop for kids. It includes work by Langston Hughes, the Sugar Hill Gang, Kanye West, Gwendolyn Brooks and more… “HIP HOP SPEAKS TO CHILDREN”
  • 12. Tip #5 from author Mo Willems: Draw with your kids
  • 13.  This book by Peter H. Reynolds will encourage the kid in your life to make and share art.  Visit Reynolds’ website for even more ideas about making art with the kids. PRACTICE: “THE DOT”
  • 14. JASON BOOG Twitter: @jasonboog Email: jasonboog@gmail.com http://www.jasonboog.com/ http://www.born-reading.com/