Saturday, April 05, 2014

Encourage the Middle Grade Christian Reader

Summer is coming fast! Parents often want to know how to encourage their kids to read over the summer. Here are three ideas that can help.


Find Appropriate Material


It is important to find books that present a Christian perspective. Sometimes these beliefs are represented openly. Other books are just good, clean books. Christian bookstores, online shopping, and church or public libraries are a few sources for reading material. Garage sales and swaps with friends are also ways to get good books.

The content of the material should be appropriate, but so should the reading level. Determining a comfortable reading level does not have to be a long, drawn out process. Ask your child's teacher for information about your child's recreational reading level. Then, enlist the librarian to help you locate comfy-level books.

 

Read Together


Kids love and need time with their parents. Choose a read-together book. It should be a book that is at or a little above your child's recreation reading level. Then, read the book together (taking turns on reading the pages).

Another spin on reading together is to spend time enjoying a book that you read to your child. It should be an appropriate interest level, but it could be too hard for your child to read independently.

 

Read with Peers


Summer reading clubs are perfect for kids to read together. Clubs could be found at your local library or online through various businesses and book publishers.

Speaking of summer reading clubs - I adore them! Are you promoting an online book club? Send me your information, so I can add it to my 2014 list.



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I am super excited about my books. . .

Dare U 2 Open This Book - 90 ways to rock your faith

Just Sayin' - 90 ways to rock your faith


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Why I Write for Middle Grade

I love to write for kids and teens - a wide age span - but today I want to share some of the reasons that I
write for middle grade kids.

First, let's talk about what age group is considered "middle grade". It's the age group of kids who are 9-12 years old. (Think third-sixth graders.) You might be thinking that is a big age span. It is. That is one reason that I love to write for that group. It is a time when many things are changing in their lives. Here are a few that come to mind.

Independent Reading Skills

Middle grade readers can read independently. They have learned the basics and can pick up a book or magazine to read for themselves. What a privilege and a joy to write for a group that is exerting its independence in print word!

More Reading Choices

Along with the independent reading skills, come more choices in reading. The topics of the books vary greatly. It is a turn in the road when the reader (and his parents) must choose books that are appropriate over those than might steer the child in an unfavorable direction. Middle grade reading material is not always as innocent as most material for younger readers. I am humbled to have the opportunity to offer intriguing and Christ-honoring materials for middle grade readers.

Peer Pressure

Middle graders are under more peer pressure than when they were younger. Often they pick up ideas about how to handle situations from what they read. What a responsibility to help kids navigate the waters of interacting with peers who may or may not be Christians!

I seek your prayers as I sit down at my computer to write.

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Notes from Carol


I am super excited about my books. . .

Dare U 2 Open This Book - 90 ways to rock your faith

Just Sayin' - 90 ways to rock your faith


Coming from Zonderkidz in October 2014!


Have we connected on Twitter and Facebook?



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copyright (c) 2014 Carol McAdams Moore