Parents' Guide to

How to Read a Story

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet, engaging steps for budding readers.

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A how-to book on reading a book might seem odd. But families will quickly realize that it’s actually a terrific approach to helping children develop a lifelong love of reading. Author Kate Messner offers easy-to-follow advice, such as, "When you get to the exciting parts, make your voice sound exciting, too," and sample excerpts kids can use for practice. She builds suspense, just as if you were reading an adventure story: "When you and your buddy can’t stand it a second longer," she says, “turn the page to read how things work out."

Bright ink-and-watercolor illustrations by Mark Siegel (Boogie Knights) combine an old-fashioned appeal with a modern vibrancy. This is both a helpful playbook and an inspiring pep talk for young readers just getting started -- and grown-up readers, as well.

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