How to Raise a Reader
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In a world where so much is competing for a child’s attention, how do you raise a reader?
It’s an accepted fact that reading is crucial for kids. Study after study shows that babies and toddlers thrive intellectually and emotionally when they’re read to, and that books help children of every age expand their language skills and comprehension of the world, boost their critical thinking and imagination, build empathy, and strengthen bonds with caregivers. At the same time, reading can be a source of stress for parents: “Which books should I read to my baby, and how early? How can I teach my child to prioritize books over screens? What’s the best way to use reading to give kids a ‘head start’ in today’s competitive landscape? And “Is it too late to get a teenager into reading?”
Join Maria Russo, children’s books editor for the New York Times Book Review, who will address these questions and discuss her book, How to Raise a Reader, which she co-authored with Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review.
Maria Russo is the children’s books editor of the New York Times Book Review. She has been a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, and Salon, and holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter at @mariarussonyt.