The latest advice on reading

Of Consuming Interest

April 25, 1999

"Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success," editors: M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin and Catherine E. Snow, $14.95. Available at bookstores or by calling National Academy Press at 800-624-6242. You can read the book online at the Web site www.nap.edu.

Much has been written about establishing the best ways to teach children how to read. "Starting Out Right" clearly explains the latest research findings and provides suggestions for parents, caregivers and teachers. Based on a major report of the National Research Council, "Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children," this book offers practical guidelines, program descriptions, advice on resources and strategies that can be used in everyday life. Among them are:

* reading, writing and language activities for parents/caregivers and their children.

* activities for teachers in the classroom.

* tables listing the accomplishments that the successful learner should exhibit by the end of kindergarten, first, second and third grades.

* Web resources and a poster with samples of activities.

Focusing on the ages from birth through the first years of formal schooling, this book is a resource to be referred to often. Among its benefits are words, stories, poems, songs and even pictures printed alongside many activities, so they can be done with little preparation. The book also simplifies the research describing why such skills are needed. The final chapter, "Preventing Reading Difficulties," deals with current issues of concern to anyone with an interest in helping children become literate.

-- Susan Rapp,

Village Reading Center

Pub Date: 04/25/99

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