Home is Where the Books are: Creating Literate Spaces, Choosing Books, and Why It Matters by Meghan Rose and Ruth Shagoury
Rather than write a book review, we want to announce our book–and tell you why we wrote it:
Meghan wants to put this book in the hands of her fellow young parents, who often find themselves on the playground discussing “curriculum” and “learning tools” (for their pre-school age kids) and hopes to replace these conversations with discussions of their special reading places, new book discoveries, and the latest imaginative book encounters of their children. An emphasis on books and reading as play can be at the heart of all these discussions. As an educator, Ruth plans to share the book with teachers as well as parents of the pre-school children she works with, building bridges from school to home, and expanding the possibilities for rich literate lives.
Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
Meghan Rose and Ruth Shagoury believe in sharing the playful adventure of reading with children from the time they are born, raising readers who not only know how to read, but want to read and become passionate life-long readers. A mother/daughter collaboration, Home is Where the Books Are, takes you into the daily life of a household where reading is infused throughout everyday activities with Meghan’s young twins from their birth through kindergarten. Filled with practical tips and dozens of annotated book lists, this book is more than another read-aloud handbook; it’s a guide for creating the kind of home atmosphere and stance toward reading that will help families build reading into their lives—because it’s enjoyable. Meghan and Ruth’s approach is fun and practical. From festive and impromptu holidays like “Yes Day” to calming bedtime rituals, they share dozens of their favorite books, as well as ways to integrate them naturally and delightfully into the lives of babies, toddlers, and children ready to enter kindergarten. They also cull down the bewildering mountain of research on child development, including the effects of screen-time and other media-related literacy issues, sharing simple truths that will help any parents trust their instincts when it comes to reading at home.
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