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Motivating Children to Read:

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is working to raise literacy with a website that will make reading a fun adventure for children. The Read.gov website is teaming up with Curious George and parents to motivate kids to read. The website is full of resources that include book lists for all ages, tips for reading together with your child, tips for reading aloud, and author webcasts.

Read.gov is also highlighting a story adventure called The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Jon Scieska wrote the initial chapter, and then passed it on to several popular children’s authors who continued the adventure, chapter by chapter.  Authors who wrote episodes for this adventure include Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events), M. T. Anderson (Pals in Peril Tales), Jack Gantos (Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza), Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia), Kat DiCamillo (Mercy Watson series), and many more. Be sure to visit the website, read the episodes, and see how the adventure turns out. With so many authors contributing, the story is sure to take several surprising turns.

According to their website, The Center for the Book has affiliates in all 50 states. The Michigan Center for the Book is run by the Library of Michigan and partner institutions to bring statewide programming and resources promoting “books, reading, authors and libraries.”

  • Like the Read posters of Michigan Chillers and American Chillers author Johnathan Rand, Dear Dumb Diary author Jim Benton, or MSU’s Sparty that are displayed at the local public or of school library? Michigan Center for the Book is responsible for creating them.
  • Appreciate the program that brought a popular author to the local library? The Michigan Center for the Book helps coordinate these types of programs with an Author Visit page that will help the local library plan the author’s visit.
  • Enjoy the Michigan Reads program? The Michigan Center for the Book coordinates the choosing of the yearly book. It also provides kits each September and October to public libraries, Head Start programs, and Great Start Readiness programs that include a copy of the current Michigan Reads title, a resource guide, poster, bookmarks, and stickers.
  • Michigan Center for the Book also coordinates the yearly Michigan Notable Books. This list includes twenty exceptional book titles either set in Michigan, by a Michigan author, or about a Michigander. The 2011 Michigan Notable Books has recently been published.

For more information about reading together as a family, try these titles from the
Monroe County Library System:

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Baby read-aloud basics: fun and interactive ways to help your little one discover the world of words
By: Caroline Blakemore

Book Description: Learn the benefits and basics of reading aloud to your baby, and the stages that babies go through as they listen and develop their language skills

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Books kids will sit still for: the complete read-aloud guide
By: Judy Freeman

Book Description: A bibliography of children’s literature appropriate for oral reading

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Hey! Listen to this: stories to read aloud
Edited by: Jim Trelease

Book Description: “A collection of fairy tales, folklore, and famous stories from around the world arranged for reading aloud” --Summary

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Honey for a child’s heart: the imaginative use of books in family life
By: Gladys M. Hunt

Book Description: Shows how reading can add richness to a child’s life. Includes a book list arranged by age.
Read Excerpt

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The reading promise: my father and the books we shared
By: Alice Ozma

Book Description: A new book due out May, 2011 about a father and daughter’s experience as they read aloud together every night over a span of 1,000 nights.
Read Review – Publisher’s Weekly

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One-hundred-and-one read-aloud classics
Edited by: Pamela Horn

Book Description: “Includes excerpts, able to be read in about ten minutes, from both contemporary and traditional children’s favorites.” --Summary

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One-hundred-and-one more read-aloud classics
Edited by Pamela Horn

Book Description: “Includes excerpts, able to be read in about ten minutes, from both contemporary and traditional children’s favorites.” --Summary

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Reading aloud
DVD published by Schlessinger Media

DVD Description: “The young staff of radio station WORD explore how to develop and improve read-aloud skills.” --Summary

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Reading aloud and beyond: fostering the intellectual life with older readers
By: Frank Serafini & Cyndi Giorgis

Book Description: A handbook to facilitate oral reading with school-age children.

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Reading with babies, toddlers, and twos: a guide to choosing, reading, and loving books together
By Susan Straub & K. J. Dell’Antonia

Book Description: Prompts parents to read to their children from the very beginning. Also provides instruction for critiquing books and reading interactively.

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What to read when: the books and stories to read with your child and all the best times to read them
By Pam Allyn

Book Description: Provides great read-aloud instruction as well as a booklist for titles to read aloud to your child that covers all sorts of situations and themes.
Book Review – Publisher’s Weekly
Book Review - Booklist



 


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