What Children Need to Learn to Read by Michelle Vallene (up for grabs)

by Pam on September 13, 2012

“My child hates to read! Do you have any tips to help?” I’ve been asked this question frequently during my teaching career. Parents are right to be concerned. Children with poor literacy skills don’t do as well in school or later in life with their careers. One of my top tips is trying to ensure a love of reading at an early age. There are many ways to accomplish this goal and (believe it or not!) many of them do not include reading.

What Children Need To Learn To Read: The Complete parent’s guide to ensuring literacy, a love of reading, and school readiness by Michelle Vallene is designed to give kids, from birth to the early grades, the skills they need to succeed. The activities in this book are designed to spark imagination, have fun, and keep children engaged. Beginning with parent/teacher tips, a developmental checklist of basic skills children usually learn by a certain age, and a reading checklist for parents, Ms. Vallene give tips in a simple, concise manner before beginning the suggested activities.

One of the great things about this book is the activities. Games, songs, and rhyming activities are included for the youngest among us. Best of all, the activities are low cost or free! She includes step by step directions and materials needed in each activity. All the materials are commonly found around the house, can be downloaded for free from the internet, or can be purchased cheaply.

As the children grow older, she has suggestions for creating beginner book clubs, book parties and games. I especially liked the resource section included in the back of the book featuring websites to visit, recommended books and printable reading goal sheets. I was thoroughly impressed with the tips and suggestions. I’ll be recommending it to parents who ask me for advice.

Ms. Vallene offers additional tips and resources at her website www.LearnersLane.com.

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Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

degood September 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

My son loves Are You My Mother.



Bethany C. September 14, 2012 at 1:01 am

My daughter loves Little Quack books.


Grace Hodgin September 14, 2012 at 2:44 am

I got my son interested in reading by introducing him to The Box Car Children.


Brittany Poole September 14, 2012 at 3:32 am

My son’s favorite book is Llama Llama Red Pajama.


Lori Thomas September 14, 2012 at 4:40 am

My son likes Dr. Suess books, especially One Fish, Two Fish Red Fish


Sue Ellison September 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm

My son loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar.



Ravyn Jazper-Hawke September 15, 2012 at 6:51 am

Charlotte’s Web!


Sandra Davis September 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm

3 little pigs


Nataly Carbonell September 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

The caterpillar book :)

classic one


girlious September 16, 2012 at 5:40 am

10 little monkeys jumping on the bed


8KidzForMe September 17, 2012 at 12:57 am

My son love Llama Llama, Red Pajama.
~Sandra U.


Her Royal Highness September 19, 2012 at 2:11 am

My kids love Cat in the Hat! Thanks for the giveaway!


Daniel M September 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

horton hears a who! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com


Karen F September 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

The very hungry caterpillar is my little one’s favorite


Meleakua September 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

my son loves the book ‘eliot and the big berry hunt’! thanks for the great giveaway! :)


Valerie Taylor Mabrey September 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Amy’s eyes
vmkids3 at msn dot com


Robert Pyszk September 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

The monster at the end of the book


Saver Sara September 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

He has a few: Peter Rabbit, How to Dinosaurs count to 10, Clifford


susansmoaks September 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

our son’s favorite book is goodnight moon
susansmoaks at gmail dot com


Anonymous September 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

“The Polar Express”!



Lori September 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Any of the Thomas the Tank Engine books.


Coup Gator September 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

i love you forever


Danielle September 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

My kiddos love The Giving Tree


Vikkilyn September 28, 2012 at 12:32 am

The Giving Tree


Lisa Pecora September 28, 2012 at 1:45 am

Green Eggs and Ham


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