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How to Get Your Child to Love Reading: Exploring Everything in the World Through Books

Updated on November 17, 2012

Teaching Reading For Ravenous and Reluctant Readers Alike

The subtitle says it all! "For ravenous and reluctant readers alike: Activities, ideas, and inspiration for exploring everything in the world through books." With over 3,000 hand-picked titles and descriptions, as well as craft and storytime ideas and tips on how to read aloud and tell stories, this 475-page book of books will take its unashamed place on the shelf beside venerated volumes like Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook and Hunt's Honey for a Child's Heart.

Book-of the-Month Club selection and Children's Book-of the-Month Club selection.

How To Get Your Child To Love Reading - Activities, ideas, and inspiration for exploring everything in the world through books

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading
How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

from the back cover: Esm Codell has created an indispensable resource that will empower even the busiest parents and the most unengaged children to include literature in their lives. She proves that reading is more than a skill. It's an adventure.


What You'll Find Inside "Love Reading"

What's inside this book on teaching reading:

from the back cover:

* Over 3,000 hand-picked titles on every subject under the sun

* Hundreds of child-tested, teacher-approved craft ideas, storytimes, book-based parties, mad-scientist experiments, cooking forays, website recommendations, and reading club activities

* Reassuring and simple approaches to reading aloud with children from birth through eighth grade

* Support for parents of reluctant readers and enriching ideas for eager readers

* Extensive indexes for locating books by subject, author, and title

* Suggestions for volunteer activities and for getting involved

* Easy access to award-winning books

* Exciting ways to reward reading progress

Make a Storytelling Apron

You can make a storytelling apron by using a strong needle and sewing machine to attach a pocket of clear, durable plastic to any ordinary apron. Find heavy plastic (the kind that protects tablecloth) at hardware stores. While you or the children tell a story, the book can be displayed in the pocket. Or just "wear a book" and be a walking advertisement. My apron has lettering over the pocket that asks, "Have you read this?"

One sample of the storytelling tips

that abound in this book!

"Publishers Weekly" Starred Review

"An exuberant treasure trove for parents who want to help their children develop a love of reading."

"Codell ... resists grouping books by age level, explaining, "don't let somebody else's scoring system define your child, and don't let reading levels level your child's love of reading." Instead, she offers a simple method for determining whether a book is too difficult while pointing out that kids may listen on a much higher level than they read. The witty, comical "Madame Esme" (as she calls herself) offers scores of thematic book lists parents can use to inspire young readers, ranging from topics as diverse as medieval England to dinosaurs or hiccups. Covering a vast spectrum of subjects and authors, Codell casts a wide net as she builds a magical literary bridge between home and school. With appendixes of Caldecott and Newbery winners present and past, the book is akin to having one's own personal children's librarian at one's fingertips. Codell creates a contagious enthusiasm for the enormous value of children's literature, which will leave parents primed for their next trip to the library or bookstore." ~ Publishers Weekly

Don't let scoring systems define your child [nor] reading levels level your child's love of reading.

Esm Raji Codell runs the popular children's literature website PlanetEsme and is the author of the bestselling memoir Educating Esm and Sahara Special, a novel for children. Her public radio reading earned first place for national education reporting from the Education Writers Association. She has been a classroom teacher, school librarian, and children's bookseller. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.


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    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

      @JJNW: Thanks!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Reading is so important to the growth of a child. ***Blessed by a SquidAngel*** for spreading positive stuff for kids!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      psst - you have some dead links to Amazon : ) (just a friendly heads-up)

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      TheresaMarkham 7 years ago

      We LOVE to read! This is a great lens about what sounds like a very interesting book :) Thanks for the great info.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      PS: Lensrolled to my love of reading lens. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm like Evelyn -- reading is a deep passion of mine, and my 3 'kids' ... and 'their' kids love to read. To me, reading is one of life's greatest pleasures and books are a gateway to an amazing world. Excellent review of a book that teaches children to love reading.

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      Love for reading is such a joy to see in children.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      I am passionate about reading and I have raised three pasionate readers. I am always looking for more suggestions for great books to read so I will certainly be checking out How to Get Your Child to Love Reading.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I truly believe that getting your children to love reading begins with reading to them from babyhood onward... Books are more than something to learn from; they are a pleasure beyond words. They transport you to fabulous places and teach you about wonderful things and entertain and delight, especially children. Thanks for the lensroll and lensrolling this lens back to my For the Love of Reading lens.

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      jerilynkaram 8 years ago

      This is wonderful! I teach gifted and struggling readers and I'm always looking for hints on how to get them all to enjoy reading more. Thanks for all of the tips and suggestions!

      I have a lens with a similar theme called Hooked on Books. Swing by and check it out. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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      kellywissink lm 8 years ago

      5 Stars!

      Welcome to the Home Schooling Support Group!- Kelly

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      atirial 8 years ago

      Brilliant lens - lots of useful information here!

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      Child_Health 8 years ago

      Great lens! You've put together a lot of great books and information here. I'd love for you to visit my lens and say hello when you have the chance.

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      We read books to my 5 year old everyday! She loves all the great stories in the books we have! 5*'s and an Angel Blessing!


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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Looks like a great book! We did a *lot* of reading aloud and all my kids are "ravenous readers" today. Reading is so important! If you can read you can learn anything!