Reading tips for parents: by 5E35cTB

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Reading Tips for Parents:

      Each home should have a variety of reading materials--newspapers, magazines,
       novels, brochures, catalogs, instruction manuals. Create a “print- rich”
       environment.

      Help you child create a reading spot. It should have good lighting, be comfortable,
       and be away from television or phones.

      Develop family routines that encourage reading:
          o Read the morning newspaper together as a family. Discuss what you read.
          o Visit the library as a family every week or two. Let your child bring a
             friend along to the library.
          o On long trips, you might want to listen to a book-on-tape together.
          o Let your child see some household information-- contracts, bills, and
             directions for a new appliance. Discuss the usefulness of good reading in
             daily life.

      Have a daily reading time with your child--maybe 15-20 minutes. Make reading
       an enjoyable time.

      Read aloud to your child and with your child. Discuss what you have read.

      Visit bookstores when you are out shopping. Let your child select an appropriate
       book based on his/her interests and reading level.

      Find out your child’s reading interests. Suggest new books by a favorite author.

      Read a book that is coming out as a movie. Go and see it together and compare
       the book and the movie.

      If something on television, in a magazine article, or in a conversation interests
       your child, help him/her research it on the Internet or explore the reference area in
       a local library.

      Join your child in reading. When you see your child reading, pick up a book or
       magazine and join him/her.

      Give books as gifts.

      Model. Let your child see you read. Talk about what you read. Let your child see
       you look up new words in a dictionary.

      Tell make-believe and true stories that interest your child.

      Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. Encourage your child to write--e-mails, pen
       pals, journals.
   Schedule a regular one-on-one lunch and book-buying trip.

   Find a series of books which interests your child. Nothing develops the habit of
    reading as well as a series of books.

   Let your child subscribe to her/his favorite magazine.

   Recycle old magazines (i.e. National Geographic) to indulge non-fiction reading
    and browsing or to cut up for projects.

   Purchase comic books starring your child’s favorite cartoon character. Remember
    reading is reading. :-)

   Make weekly family visits (excursions) to your church or public library.

   Is your child into jokes? Check out joke books from the library.

   Follow a favorite sports team by reading the newspaper together.

   Keep books and reading materials that tie into your child’s summer activities in a
    special reading corner.

   Check out books on tape for car rides or hot days when everyone is to droopy to
    move.

   Encourage your children to play-act a favorite book or scene from a book. Invite
    the neighbors for a backyard or basement production.

   Ask your child to read to you. Create new beginnings, endings, characters,
    locations for the stories.

   Invite your child’s friend and parents for a reading party or book discussion.

   Host a reading sleepover.

   Organize a backyard ghost story camp out.

   Pack great reading for summer camp.

   Give bookstore gift certificates.

   Use a tape recorder to record your child reading stories.

   Check out recipe books from the library with recipes of different cultures. Select a
    culture to read about and pick a recipe to make

   Try a craft project that requires following a pattern.

   Ask you child to look up needed information in the phone book.
      Ask your child to read the directions for cleaning products or any other item
       which comes with instructions.

      Limit and monitor what TV your child is watching. Together using the television
       guide, plan and select which shows they can view. Focus on educational TV and
       discuss all TV the shows your child watches.

      Ask your child questions which require more than yes or no answers.



African American Booklist - A celebration of heritage, tradition, and achievement

Timed to coincide with Black History Month, the National Education Association (NEA)
has released a comprehensive reading list of 100 titles that celebrate African American
heritage, tradition, and achievement. NEA President Reg Weaver says, "Taken together,
these titles provide an overview of the civil rights movement and its leaders, as well as
the trials, triumphs, and traditions of a heritage that has played -- and continues to play --
a vital role in our nation's history."

      A. Philip Randolph: Union Leader and Civil Rights Crusader (African-American
       Biographies) by Catherine Reef. (Grades 5-8)

      The Adventures of Midnight Son by Denise Lewis Patrick. (Grades 4-8)

      All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African American Spirituals by Ashley
       Bryan (All grades)

      Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Grades 1-4)

      Arthur Ashe by Caroline Evensen Lazo (Grades 5-8)

      Aunt Clara Brown, Official Pioneer by Linda Lowery (Grades 2-4)

      One More Valley, One More Hill: The Story of Aunt Clara Brown by Linda Lowery
       (Grades 6 and up)

      Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by James Ransome (Grades K-3)

      Bigmama's by Donald Crews (Grades PreK-2)

      The Black Cowboys by Gina De Angelis (Grades 5-8)

      The Black Snowman by Phil Mendez (Grades 3-5)

      Black Wheels by Michael Halperin (Grades 8 and up)

      The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Grades 11 and up)

      Booker T. Washington: A Modern Moses by Lois P. Nicholson (Grades 4-7)
   Born in Sin by Evelyn Coleman (Grades 7 and up)

   Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas (All grades)

   Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Grades 4-7)

   Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History by James
    Haskins (Grades 4-6)

   Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (Grades 6 and up)

   Cassie's Word Quilt Faith Ringgold (Grades PreK-K)

   Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali by James Haskins (Grades 3-6)

   The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Grades 10 and up)

   Conjure Times: Black Magicians in America by James Haskins and Kathleen
    Benson (Grades 6 and up)

   Don't Say Ain't by Irene Smalls (Grades 2-4)

   Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange (All grades)

   Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My
    Journey to Freedom in America by Francis Bok (Grades 8 and up)

   Especially Heroes by Virginia L. Kroll (Grades 3-5)

   The Fire Next Time by James A. Baldwin (Grades 10 and up)

   Fishing Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Grades K-3).

   Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriett Gillem Robinet (Grades 4-7)

   Frederick Douglass: Leader against Slavery Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
    (Grades 1-4)

   Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport (Grades 2-5)

   Freedom Roads: Searching for the Underground Railroad Joyce Hansen and
    Gary McGowan (Grades 5-9)

   Goin' Someplace Special by Pat McKissack (Grades 2-5)

   Hold Fast to Dreams by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Grades 5 and up)

   Hush by Jacqueline Woodson (Grades 7 and up)

   I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson (Grades PreK-2)

   I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Grades PreK-2)
   Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement by Dennis Brindell Fradin and
    Judith Bloom Fradin (Grades 5 and up)

   In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers illustrated
    by Javaka Steptoe (Grades 3 and up)

   In My Momma's Kitchen by Jerdine Nolan (Grades K-3)

   In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems by Eloise Greenfield (Grades 2-6)

   Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Grades 11 and up)

   Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom by Charles A. Taylor (Grades 4-7)

   Kings and Queens of West Africa by Sylviane Anna Diouf (Grades 4-7)

   The Land by Mildred D. Taylor (Grades 6 and up)

   A Lesson for Martin Luther King Jr. by Denise Lewis Patrick (Grades K-2)

   Like Sisters on the Homefront Rita Williams-Garcia (Grades 8 and up)

   Lookin' for Bird in the Big City by Robert Burleigh (Grades 1-3)

   Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America by Nathan McCall
    (Grades 10 and up)

   Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 5 and up)

   Mansa Musa by Khephra Burns (Grades 3-6)

   Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
    (Grades PreK-3)

   Masai and I by Virginia Kroll (Grades 2-4)

   Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden
    by Claire Hartfield. (Grades 1-4)

   The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson (Grades 11 and up)

   Money Hungry by Sharon G. Flake (Grades 7-9)

   More than Anything Else by Marie Bradby (Grades K-3)

   Native Son by Richard Wright (Grades 11 and up)

   A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew A. Henson (Grades 8 and up)

   Night Golf by William Miller (Grades 2-4)

   Oh Lord, I Wish I Was a Buzzard by Polly Greenberg (Grades PreK-K)
   Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth by Anne Rockwell (Grades
    2-5)

   Papa's Mark by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert (Grades 1-3)

   Pass it on: African-American Poetry for Children edited by Wade Hudson (Grades
    K-5)

   The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton (All grades)

   Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou (Grades
    8 and up)

   Pictures for Miss Josie by Sandra Belton (Grades K-4)

   Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles-Think of That by Leo and Diane Dillon.(Grades
    PreK-2)

   The Return of Gabriel by John Armistead (Grades 5-8)

   Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller (Grades 2-5)

   Rock of Ages : A Tribute to the Black Church by Tonya Bolden (Grades K-3)

   Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley (Grades 11 and up)

   Separate but Not Equal: The Dream and the Struggle by James Haskins (Grades
    7 and up)

   Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis (Grades 2-5)

   Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth (Grades 2-4)

   The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois (Grades 10 and up)

   Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Grades 4-7)

   Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbone (Grades 6-10)

   A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson by Michelle Y. Green
    (Grades 4-7)

   Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci (Grades K-3)

   Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South by Trudier
    Harris (Grades 11 and up)

   Sunday Week by Dinah Johnson. Henry Holt, 1999 (Grades PreK-2)

   Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson (Grades K-3)

   Taking Liberty: The Story of Oney Judge, George Washington's Runaway
    Slave by Ann Rinaldi (Grades 6 and up)
       Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes (Grades 3-6)

       Talking With Tebé: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist by Mary E. Lyons (Grades
        5 and up)

       Tambourine Moon by Joy Jones (Grades K-2)

       Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Grades 11 and up)

       Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Grades 10 and up)

       Through My Eyes: The Autobiography of Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges (Grades
        4 and up)

       To Be a Slave by Julius Lester (Grades 5 and up)

       Tree of Hope by Amy Littlesugar (Grades K-3)

       Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses by Harriette Gillem Robinet (Grades 5-7)

       Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell (Grades PreK-3)

       Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard (Grades 2-5)

       Vision of Beauty: the Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker by Kathryn Lasky (Grades
        3-6)

       Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo (Grades 2-4)

       The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (Grades 4-
        7)

       When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan
        (Grades K-3)

(by the National Education Association-http://www.nea.org/readacross/resources/afambooks.html)

								
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