Fran Hawk is a writer of children's books and now is the author
of this book about raising children to be readers. This 88-page
paperback is full of wisdom about nurturing your child's love of
books and reading.
In my case, Ms. Hawk was preaching to the choir. I have long been
an advocate of reading to babies and toddlers and even to my older
children and grandchildren. My children spent many happy hours
in libraries (still do), and now so do their children. This book
contains a lot of good information about what books and resources
are available and tips about helping your child embrace reading.
Ms. Hawk talks about the importance of reading nursery rhymes,
poetry, and non-fiction, and even gives tips for encouraging the
reluctant reader. At the end of each chapter is a section called "Be
Your Own Librarian," where she lists resources and a section called "Fran's
Favorites." In the Appendices at the end of the book, there are
more resources listed.
In addition to advocating reading, Ms. Hawk discusses studies
that indicate that the more television/video game time your children
put in, the lower their achievement is likely to be. She did mention
that some television was good-- Sesame Street being her
prime example. She mentioned that her children were restricted
to one hour of television per week. Sounds good to me!
This book would be a great gift for new parents and a great resource
for homeschool parents. It is an interesting, easy read that is
full of good information. The price of $9.95 is quite reasonable,
and I heartily recommend this book to parents, grandparents and