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March 12, 2014

Wild Readers!

I love to read.

I read, every night before I go to sleep, no matter how late it is. I read mysteries, biographies, historical fiction and random recommendations from my friends. I have been a reader, like this, for as long as I can remember.

When my son was born, almost ten years ago, I happily put all of the "reading advice" into action. I read, out loud, to him, from day one. My husband read the sports section to him. His grandparents dragged out my own kid-books, and read them to their first grandchild. For his birthdays, if someone asked, "What would he like?" I always suggested books. Board books, soft books, musical books, books with stickers....all were welcome.

When my daughter came along, we did the same things.

Now in third and first grade, our kids are readers. They have eclectic tastes and they still like to be "read to," before they go to sleep at night. The books are more complicated, but the message is the same. Read.

While I never questioned whether these choices were right, I also wondered, "What's next?" When I came upon Scholastic's blog from Donalyn Miller, I found my answer. As a teacher, she is passionate about cultivating Wild Readers in upper elementary and middle school. Her five tips for doing so, provide a road map for continuing the reading journey that we started when the kids were babies.

There is so much information to be found on teaching your child to read, but not as much on encouraging the voracious readers in your house. This gem of an article is a keeper!

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