Share a Story-Shape a Future Day 5: Reading for the Future

Oh my goodness … I got so wrapped up in reading the posts at Jen Robinson’s Book Page today that I completely forgot that I hadn’t written a post here at the Tub.  Have you been by Jen’s yet today? If you’ve got a reader (or not); if you’re a reader (or not); or if your just looking for some ideas, the answer is waiting for you at Reading for the Future.

It has been an incredible week of sharing … personal stories and reading journeys’, triumphs and stumbling blocks; and literacy ideas for home, school, just about anywhere. I cannot put into words how thrilled I am to *see* so many new faces and to have found some new literacy passionistas. Thank you one and all!  So before I devolve into total gushiness, here is today’s lineup. Jen has things broken down very nicely, and I am (unabashedly) pasting them in here.

Addressing some fundamental questions

Managing expectations and reading levels

Keeping things fun and fresh

  • Esme Raji Codell shares “After the Love Has Gone: Read-Aloud for the Young and the Restless” at Planet Esme. Esme says: “I am … riffing about that unthinkable time when your child doesn’t want you to read aloud any more. Maybe they are busy “tweenagers.” Maybe they think read-aloud is for babies. Maybe they want to do it themselves. Maybe there is a divergence of interests. Sniff-sniff! What to do? Here are some strategies to bring even the biggest or busiest kid back to the book.”
  • Pam Coughlan shares “Reading is Boring (Sometimes)” at Mother Reader. Pam says: “So, reading to your kids. It can be a wonderful experience, a chance to slow down in the busy day and share something together. I dare say that often you will find it a nice thing to do. My point isn’t to tell you that reading to your kids is boring, but instead to give you permission to sometimes feel like reading to your kids is boring. Because when we as mothers set ourselves up to a certain expectation to how something Should Be, we can fail to work with How It Is. “
  • Sarah shares “Let the Sillies Out: Reading to Babies and Young Children” at In Need of Chocolate. Sarah says: “when it comes time to read to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or young friend, most adults feel ridiculous roaring like a giant or mooing like a cow.  How do we get over our embarrassment at making barnyard noises or pantomiming an elephant sneezing? I have some suggestions that may help you make small changes in how you read and lead you to eventually roar and yelp and baa and crawl around like the silliest of adults.”
  • Joyce Grant shares “Getting Your Video-Kid Reading” at Getting Kids Reading. Joyce says: “Your child loves video games but isn’t a big reader? No problem. Here are some tips that will get your video-loving kid reading.” She follows with seven wide-ranging tips.
  • Caroline Lennox shares “Princess Books? Give Me a Break!” at Learning Parade. Caroline says: “Encouraging my daughter to develop a love of reading has luckily not been too difficult for us; developing her reading interests beyond “Princess Books” has been the hurdle. You know the books we’re talking about here – the pink, the frilly, the ‘life is sweet’ type that sometimes offer a free tiara and the like.”

Thank you all for joining us this week. There is lots of new stuff still happening at the Share a Story-Shape a Future blog.  There is one more day of Writing about Reading, with three questions related to building a reading bond with kids. We have also opened the polls for the RIF Multicultural Books giveaway, the PicPocket Books giveaway is still open, and, in honor of “the future” (as in young readers) we have announced our Bedtime Stories giveaway.

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