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Raising a Reader: A Mother's Tale of Desperation and Delight Hardcover – August 23, 2003

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For parents overwhelmed with the many technical advice books written by specialists and teachers, Nash's anecdotal guide to getting children to pick up a book might be a refreshing change. Nash is not an educator, nor is she a learning specialist. She is, however, the author of The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming: And Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer and the mother of two daughters, aged 10 and seven, who are both avid readers. Thus, her guide bursts with examples of her own personal frustrations and triumphs. As she reports on how she made progress with her children's literacy, she shares insights and practical tips, suggesting, for example, that parents and children both keep journals to track the books they've read. Nash's use of personal stories may not be the most scientific way to teach children to read, but it could help parents who are feeling desperate or frustrated with the task of cultivating literacy.
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"Raising a Reader is for every parent who ever worried about a child's reading, who compared one child with another, who charted, prodded, prompted, and coaxed words into little mouths and minds. For any parent--timid, pushy, or frightened--who has a child entering school and literacy, THIS is the book for you."
--Jim Trelease, author of
The Read-Aloud Handbook

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 23, 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312315341
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312315344
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.78 x 0.64 x 8.54 inches
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Jennie Nash is an evangelist for book coaching, which gives writers 1:1 support so they can write books worth reading. She is the creator of the Book Coach Certification Program at Author Accelerator and has trained more than 100 book coaches.

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