How do you encourage a child to read? This is a question addressed daily by many parents, teachers, school administrators, and lawmakers in their efforts to prepare children for success in school and, later, in life. Authoritative and practical, How to Raise a Reader answers this question. The book is packed with ideas on how parents can assist a reluctant reader, assess current reading level, and promote a lasting love of reading. A timely presentation of the strengths and weaknesses of the phonics and the whole language approaches to teaching reading give further insight into how an emerging reader gains skill. One of the books best features is an extensive list of read-aloud books for children from birth to age twelve. With each title is given publisher information and a brief description. Also helpful are the resources, providing extra information on topics such as phonemic awareness, web sites, and age-appropriate accomplishments in reading. Previously published by David C. Cook in 1987, this book has been completely revised and updated.