Follow by Email

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Does Your Kid Like to Read?


I Love to Read!
How to get your kid to be a fanatic reader (Patterson's most recent book, "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" is a No. 1 New York Times and No. 1 Indiebound best-seller)


(CNN) -- You're reading an excerpt from CNN.com by James Patterson, Special to CNN 



Sorry, moms and dads, but it's your job -- not the schools' -- to find books to get your kids reading and to make sure they read them.

Here's some good news: This can often be as easy as teaching children to ride a two-wheeler or to throw a baseball. 

Case in point: When our son, Jack, was 8, he wasn't a gung-ho reader. 
We told him he didn't have to mow the lawn (hooray!), but he was going to read every day (boo).
We also told Jack we’d help him find books we promised he would like: the Mom-and-Dad "Reading Can Be a Joy" Guarantee. We picked out "The Lightning Thief," a book in the "Warriors" series, "A Wrinkle in Time," etc.

Here's a simple but powerful truth that many parents and schools don't act on: The more kids read, the better readers they become.
The best way to get kids reading more is to give them books that they'll gobble up -- and that will make them ask for another. Yes, it's that simple. 1 + 1 = 2. Kids say the No. 1 reason they don't read more is that they can't find books they like.


Ingrid Cheng








No comments:

Post a Comment