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Resources for Parents Who Seldom Read

girl reading bookWhile it’s possible to raise a swimmer if you hate the water, and a pitcher if you can’t throw straight, the easiest way to raise readers is by reading yourself. While it might be hard to find time, might I suggest that if you found the right book, little would stand in the way of your finishing it? And if your children see you squeezing in time to get back to a great book, might they also see books as worthy of their time? Here are some great ways to find titles

  • This is a social networking site. Ask your relatives, friends, colleagues and other people you know who read to friend you there. One of my nephews invited me and I’ve found it invaluable in being able to remember what I read. On this site, you can find out what people you trust thought of various books. I’m also friended with several English teachers and love knowing the children’s/young adult titles they’re raving about. You can also set up discussion groups–a great way to interact a bit with others
  • The Centurions of 2011 on Facebook (FB won’t let us change the year!!). Here, people post their favorite titles by month. Populated by tons of educators, it’s a rich source of finding out what you might read with your child. And, if you ask, “What would you recommend for a six-year-old who has exhausted every book on soccer in the school library?” you’ll get answers. Good ones!
  • zite. This is a smart phone/tablet app that lets you “customize” your own magazine. Choose “Books” as a category and you’ll get a stream of reviews, blogs, top 10 lists, author interviews and more. “Like” your favorites and it will morph to be even more in line with your reading tastes.
  • Your library. Ask librarians. They know. Find out how to download their ebooks to any smart device.

Then, read while you wait in line, while you work out, while you commute, but especially, oh especially, in front of your children while they read as well!

Jane Kise, Ed.D. – Educational Advisor and Consultant, 
Jane  writes an insightful post every Tuesday for Kidtelligent. Jane is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and school staff development. She is also the coauthor of more than 20 books. Jane’s website  is