Praise for RAISING KIDS WHO READ
"Raising Kids Who Read provides a fresh, down–to–earth approach to the difficult charge of raising a lifelong reader. It′s filled with practical, easy–to–follow advice that busy parents and teachers can implement. Willingham makes it fun to read, like having coffee with a friend."
Angela Kanak, English teacher, Kankakee High School, Kankakee, IL
"Engaging ... Willingham′s tone is sometimes playful and always genuine. I particularly appreciated his refreshing mix of candor and positivity. When parents finish reading this manuscript, they′ll feel inspired to make changes in the home environment, empowered to do so, and enthusiastic about the potential benefit."
Jessica Pack, 2014 California Teacher of the Year; blogger, packwomantech.com
Praise for WHY DON′T STUDENTS LIKE SCHOOL?
"Brilliant analysis ..."
Wall Street Journal
"Dan Willingham, rare among cognitive scientists for also being a wonderful writer, has produced a book about learning in school that reads like a trip through a wild and thrilling new country. For teachers and parents, even students, there are surprises on every page."
Jay Mathews, education columnist, Washington Post
"Few other books that attempt to relate brain research to learning and teaching are as clear and straightforward."
The School Administrator
"Startling ... thought–provoking ... a valuable contribution to any teacher′s bookshelf."
About the Author vii
Introduction: Have Fun, Start Now 1
1 The Science of Reading 7
PART I: BIRTH THROUGH PRESCHOOL
2 Preparing Your Child to Learn to Decode 31
3 Creating a Thirst for Knowledge 41
4 Seeing Themselves as Readers before They Can Read 57
PART II: KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SECOND GRADE
5 Learning to Decode 75
6 Banking Knowledge for the Future 95
7 Preventing a Motivation Backslide 113
PART III: THIRD GRADE AND BEYOND
8 Reading with Fluency 131
9 Working with More Complex Texts 145
10 The Reluctant Older Reader 165
Appendix: Accessing the Bonus Web Content 193
Suggestions for Further Reading 195
Works Cited 199