Bringing up bookmonsters The joyful way to turn your child into a fearless, ravenous reader

Amber Ankowski

Book - 2021

"A playful guide to raising kids who love reading using fun strategies rooted in developmental psychology"--

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Genres
Instructional and educational works
Published
New York : The Experiment 2021.
Language
English
Physical Description
278 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-256) and index.
ISBN
9781615195862
1615195866
Main Author
Amber Ankowski (author)
Other Authors
Andy Ankowski (author)
  • Introduction: The bookmonster right under your nose. Giving birth to your bookmonster. Anatomy of a bookmonster ; The perfect bookmonster call ; Listening to a bookmonster ; Moving like a bookmonster ; The right time to read to a bookmonster ; The right way to read to a bookmonster
  • Making your bookmonster feel at home. Setting a bookmonster trap ; A bookmonster's natural habitat ; Bookmonsters on the loose ; Screen time for bookmonsters ; Playtime for bookmonsters ; Bookmonsters travel in packs
  • Feeding your growing bookmonster. The best books for your bookmonster ; Speaking a bookmonster's language ; Working a bookmonster's memory ; The magic of a bookmonster's name ; Bookmonsters like laughing ; Two-tongued bookmonsters
  • Teaching your bookmonster tricks. Bookmonsters love to spell ; Bookmonsters love to write ; Bookmonsters go wild for weird words ; Bookmonsters keep it real ; Bookmonsters sweat the small stuff ; Bookmonsters say it like they mean it
  • Conclusion: Bookmonsters can overcome anything.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Wife and husband Amber Ankowski, a psychology professor, and Andy Ankowski, a writer, follow up Think Like a Baby with a delightful guide to instilling a love of reading in children. All children have a "bookmonster" inside, the authors advise, and parents can bring it out by incorporating reading into everyday life and making it fun. Their advice comes in four sections that cover child development, reader-friendly environments (with books at eye level, or letting children take the lead at the library), a "grocery list of materials, activities, and talking points," and guidance for advance practices such as writing. The authors write with humor and whimsy ("Cover yourself in khaki and throw on one of those big, round explorer hats. Because we're about to go on an adventure... deep into the lair of the legendary, elusive creature known as the bookmonster"), but keep their advice practical, with suggestions, for instance, to talk to children and play word games early, read aloud with expression, and use books as a way to discuss family values. For parents looking to bolster literacy, these encouraging tips will feel like an easy-to-follow treasure map. Agent: Uwe Stender, Triada US Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Wife and husband Amber Ankowski, a psychology professor, and Andy Ankowski, a writer, follow up Think Like a Baby with a delightful guide to instilling a love of reading in children. All children have a "bookmonster" inside, the authors advise, and parents can bring it out by incorporating reading into everyday life and making it fun. Their advice comes in four sections that cover child development, reader-friendly environments (with books at eye level, or letting children take the lead at the library), a "grocery list of materials, activities, and talking points," and guidance for advance practices such as writing. The authors write with humor and whimsy ("Cover yourself in khaki and throw on one of those big, round explorer hats. Because we're about to go on an adventure... deep into the lair of the legendary, elusive creature known as the bookmonster"), but keep their advice practical, with suggestions, for instance, to talk to children and play word games early, read aloud with expression, and use books as a way to discuss family values. For parents looking to bolster literacy, these encouraging tips will feel like an easy-to-follow treasure map. Agent: Uwe Stender, Triada US Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A playful guide to raising kids who love reading using fun strategies rooted in developmental psychology"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A husband and wife team use their roots in developmental psychology to help parents turn their easily distracted, screen-time obsessed child into a reader with a voracious appetite through fun, literacy-building games designed to build a love of reading. Original. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The no-stress, ferociously fun way to raise a kid who loves to read'complete with reading recommendations and activities to inspire! Teaching your child to read is monstrously important, and there's no better way to do it than with everyday opportunities for laughter and play. Bringing Up Bookmonsters is full of fun ways to build literacy at home'no flashcards or timers required! Feed your budding bookmonster's brain as you: Turn storytime into playtime to build comprehension.Get giggling with games and jokes that reinforce spelling.Converse at family meals with varied vocabulary.Satisfy your bookmonster's cravings with books they are sure to devour! These tips and many more make it easy to help your child develop an insatiable appetite for reading'and have a tremendously good time doing it!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A playful guide for parents on how to nurture their distracted, plugged-in child into a voracious reader and fill in their educational gaps at home, rooted in developmental psychology

Review by Publisher Summary 5

The no-stress, ferociously fun way to raise a kid who loves to read—complete with reading recommendations and activities to inspire!

Teaching your child to read is monstrously important, and there’s no better way to do it than with everyday opportunities for laughter and play. Bringing Up Bookmonsters is full of fun ways to build literacy at home—no flashcards or timers required! Feed your budding bookmonster’s brain as you:

  • Turn storytime into playtime to build comprehension.
  • Get giggling with games and jokes that reinforce spelling.
  • Converse at family meals with varied vocabulary.
  • Satisfy your bookmonster’s cravings with books they are sure to devour!
These tips and many more make it easy to help your child develop an insatiable appetite for reading—and have a tremendously good time doing it!