The Best Read-Aloud Books for Kids 4-7


What was the last book you read that was so good you couldn't put it down? If you're anything like me, you stayed up until the wee hours just to finish the next chapter—and then walked around like a zombie the next day. You just couldn't wait to find out what happens next. It's no different for … [Read more...]

10 Dr. Seuss Quotes You Should Know

#1 Dr Seuss Quote

Reading is one of the most calming activities you can do with your child. It can provide a welcome break from all the digital gadgets and gizmos of modern family life. Classic books from Dr. Seuss are sure to bring back fond memories. To prove this point, take a peek at the Top 10 Dr. Seuss Quotes … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Best Books for Babies


When choosing books conducive to the benefits of reading to babies, there are no hard and fast rules. There are books that are specially designed for certain stages of development, but anything is fair game so long as you keep a few important rules-of-thumb in mind. Follow these … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Read to Your Baby


You wouldn’t wait until your baby started forming words and sentences before talking to him or her—so why hold off on introducing the joys of reading to your little one? The benefits of reading to children have been proven by hundreds of studies led by education experts. Although most of the … [Read more...]

Remembering Stella, and the Books That Got Us Through


The most troubling thing was how quiet the house had become. With two kids, six and nine, our home is rarely silent. That was especially true with Stella in the mix, our Shepherd/who-knows-what pound puppy mutt ambling through the house. Stella was always there to stand guard over late night … [Read more...]

Choosy Children Choose Chapter Books


One of the keys to cultivating a strong and engaged reader is obvious but often overlooked: finding books your child will love. And the key to finding those books? Letting your child choose. I was six years old when I read my first chapter book. It was called Striped Ice Cream by Joan M. Lexau. … [Read more...]

The Bookstore Etiquette Checklist


As a writer, I have the luxury of being one of those dads you see pushing a stroller in the middle of a weekday. Living in New York City, I have a wide choice of destinations—playgrounds, children's museums, the American Museum of Natural History, a toy store with a train set, and of course, the … [Read more...]

The Joys of Old Books

I love reading to my kids. But I sometimes worry that it's turning me into a curmudgeon before my time  like one of those guys you see on the corner of Broadway, ranting incoherently about the good old days. It isn't that I don't like many of the new books published today. For instance, my … [Read more...]

How Not to Go Insane When Rereading Your Child’s Favorite Book


We've all been there. It's reading time. To your horror, your child reaches for the shelf, then walks your way waving the same book you read to her the night before. And the night before that. And, well, come to think of it, ten minutes ago. "Read." You stall for time. "Say it … [Read more...]

Too Many Books


You know the drill. Your child asks for a story, you dutifully traipse into his or her room to get a book. But when you pull it off the shelf, what happens? A veritable avalanche. Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss, and The Complete Peter Rabbit come tumbling down in an epic crash. If it's one of those … [Read more...]

Stuck for a Good Story?


We're very excited to welcome children's author Dan Elish to the Hooked on Phonics blog. In addition to writing the Broadway show 13, Dan has written for children's television and is the author of several young adult novels, including The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks and Confessions of an 8th … [Read more...]

The Read-Aloud Handbook

Mom reading to boy

Long before I became a parent, I read The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. It planted a little seed about the importance of reading aloud that has influenced my parenting since my daughter was born. Oops! scratch that, since before my daughter was born. I read her Harry Potter in utero to help … [Read more...]

5 Easy Tips for Reading Aloud


Reading to your kids is one of the best gifts you can give them. Not only is it a great way to bond, but you're also preparing child to read on his own. It takes a while to get used to reading aloud. It was a good year after my daughter was born before I felt like I was getting good at it. But … [Read more...]

Starting Sound of the Day


When you're out walking or driving with your child, why not use that time for a little phonemic fun? Pick a Starting Sound of the Day. For preschoolers and kindergartners, this can be a single letter, like the letter b. For first and second graders, this can be a consonant blend, like the letters … [Read more...]