Born Reading - Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age—From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

This is no ordinary book. I'm convinced books are the windows to open our child to the world so they can see, observe, learn and discover all the world has to offer.
This book teach exactly how to read, because reading can be as useless or harmful as it can me magical. It needs to be done right.
The 15 lessons that is book encapsulate will get you reading to your kid the right way.


Foreword - by Betsy Bird

I know more authors and illustrators and teachers and librarians with non-reading kids than you would ever believe.
they’re just not born reader.
It should be as standard a baby shower giveaway as Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Introduction - The Born Reading Playbook, or How to Use This Book

Reading a book to a kid is harder than it looks.
the right kind of reading—interactive reading—can raise your child’s IQ by more than six points.
the earlier the interactive reading takes place, the larger the benefits.

Just having books around the house is not enough. Parents need to provide an interactive reading experience to reap the intellectual rewards inside of books.

We spend thousands of dollars on school, tutors, test prep, and supplies, but this powerful reading method is an absolutely free gift that every parent can give a child after an hour of practice.

What is interactive reading?
“Interactive reading is not just about a parent and child sitting down and reading a book, but is instead about creating a dialogue with the child and the book. Asking them wh- questions (such as, why do you think the rabbit took so many breaks?), following their interests, and not letting them provide one-word answers but really having them elaborate their thoughts.”

for reading with their toddlers—were eight and a half months ahead of the other children on the Psycholinguistic test, and they were six months ahead on the Vocabulary tests after four weeks of interactive reading. Even better, the interactive readers continued to hold a six-month advantage over the control group almost a year after the study.

It turns out that it’s not only important that you read to your kids, but it’s also important how you read to your kids—and the techniques for proper interactive reading are within every parent’s grasp. This revelation has the potential to change lives.

Interactive reading will give you ways to talk to your children about books, apps, TV shows, or even video games, sparking conversations that will continue for your child’s entire lifetime.

She urged parents to remember the first time they read a book and entered the “comfort zone” of the imagination:
“It was someplace where we were liberated from authority and we navigate ourselves. You experience it. You witness it. You are exploring a new world. It opens up possibilities that go hand and hand with cognitive gains. It opens up curiosity, makes you want to know more about the world and how it operates. There are cognitive gains—you are processing language and learning how to use print media. Once you have access to that, you can do anything. It is wonderfully liberating to be at ease in the world of words.” In a world that can seem positively overwhelming, being comfortable with the written word will give your child a sense of power and control. What an amazing gift to offer.

The Born Reading Playbook

  1. Read together. co-play, sharing a book, app, eBook, audiobook. Make sure you play games and read together every single day.
  2. Ask lots and lots of questions. Questions are the foundation of interactive reading. "Where did the rabbit go? What color is the flower?"
  3. Share details about the book. Point out your favorite illustrations, name the colors, animals, people, and feelings on the page. That car is red—do you see anything red? Do you want to count the animals?
  4. Dramatize the story. You can mime sweeping when you see a broom or pretend to eat the character’s food.
  5. Help your child identify with the characters. Start by talking about simple emotions. The bunny is sleepy—could you rub his head? Have you ever felt mad like that baby?
  6. Compliment your child as you read. cuddle them after a reading session, and praise him or her for choosing good books or apps.
  7. Discuss personal opinions about a book. If your kid loved a book, find out why. If your child wiggled away, find out why. Both questions will help you build a stronger reading relationship.
  8. Follow the things your child loves. Trains.
  9. Stop and talk about what happened. pauses are crucial for your child’s comprehension.
  10. Guess what happens next. Who do you think will win the race? What do you think is in the box?
  11. Continue the conversation. Reference the book in real life and keep asking questions.
  12. Guide your child beyond what they already know. guide book reading into new material.
  13. Show your child the world outside your neighborhood. Make sure you choose books that explore diverse places, cultures, and stories, and follow your child’s interests when he or she loves a setting. Do you want to know about Antarctica? Should I show you where France is?
  14. Compare the story to personal experiences. applying something in a book or app to real life is a crucial skill. Did you see that kind of animal at the zoo? Did you get mad when we left the park too?
  15. Encourage your child to recount the story. the perfect way to reinforce a reading experience.

Chapter 1 - Before Your Baby Is Born