Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Raising Confident Readers

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review - Raising Confident Readers

About the Book 
We all know the importance of reading aloud to our children, but beyond that, how do kids really learn to read? Why should you jump-start the process before formal instruction in school begins? How do drawing and early writing fit into the literacy picture, and what can you do to encourage them? How can you recognize and intervene if your child's literacy skills are not developing normally?

In this empowering guide, Dr. J. Richard Gentry describes how to teach reading before your child enters kindergarten and how to monitor progress once your child is in school. He offers parents an easy-to-understand program outlining the five phases of kids' literacy development, with age- and stage-appropriate activities that make reading and writing fun. Raising Confident Readers is essential reading for every parent who wants their child to succeed in school and be a lifelong learner." 

About the Author
J. Richard Gentry PhD is a nationally acclaimed expert on childhood literacy, reading, and spelling development, with more than 30 years of experience working with beginning readers. A former university professor and elementary school teacher, he is currently an educational consultant and the author of Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write -- from Baby to Age 7 (Da Capo Press / Perseus Books,

My Take on the BookAs you probably can guess, I like to read, and my girls have always been surrounded by books, so there always was the understanding that they would like books and reading, and fortunately, they have felt the same way. 

This book does an amazing job at helping parents traverse the sometimes challenging steps that a child goes through in their own development in learning to read. The author goes into the different stages of child development and how these stages tap into the stages of reading development as well. I liked the tangible recommendations that the author provided for parents as well as the at-home activities that were found in each chapter. 

I highly recommend this book to any parent who is trying to get a better idea around what they can do to support their child's learning. The book was easy to read and all of the illustrations, charts, and milestone checklists made it so tangible that you could easily see where your child fits in and you can make a true plan that is as unique as your own child.

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