Thursday, December 20, 2007

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Once upon a time, we read bedtime stories
But not so much today as fewer parents share books with kids
Houston Chronicle: Dec 19, 2007 By Karen Uhlenhuth, McClatchy-Tribune

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blame it on working parents who are too tired at day's end. Or on the potent tug of TV set, video game and computer.

Whatever the cause, it seems the bedtime story — and the ritual of parents reading to their children regardless of the hour — may be losing its hold on American family life.

If so, it's more than just the loss of a quaint custom. Researchers and child-development specialists say reduced rates of shared reading time can hurt family cohesion, stymie creative development in younger children and drag down academic achievement.

"Reading Across the Nation," a recently released study, found that just under half of the parents surveyed said that they or other family members read every day to their children, from newborns to 5-year-olds. READ ON

. . . a related report - The Family: America's Smallest School

by the ETS Policy Information Center, outlines the family and home conditions affecting children’s cognitive development and school achievement and how gaps beginning early persist throughout life.

Critical factors examined in the report include child care quality, parental involvement in schools, parent/pupil ratio, family finances, literacy development, student absences and physical home environments.

When was the last time you told a bedtime story ?
last week
~ last month
~ last year
~ never told a bedtime story

Check Out A Book

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Book Crush: for kids and teens-recommended reading for every mood, moment, and interest
Nancy Pearl, Sasquatch-2007
~ Pearl presents over 1,000 crush-worthy books organized into 118 lists aimed at youngest, middle-grade, and teen readers

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Gotcha for Guys: nonfiction books to get boys excited about reading
Baxter, Kathleen A. Baxter – Libraries Unlimited, 07

~ books to pique the interest of middle grade boys

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Deconstructing Penguins:
parents, kids, and the bond of reading
Goldstone, Lawrence Goldstone – Ballantine, 05

~ fantastic reading from Mr. Popper's Penguins (2nd G) to The Time Machine (5th G)

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