Reading Help is Here for YOU: Parents & Your Kids

by Marilyn Robbins

BookBar has two books that are wonderful resources for parents and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These can be ordered online from us with free shipping.  Both books offer extensive lists of books for your child to read and ideas to keep us all reading during our self-isolation.  Remember you can read to your children, read with your children, and read alongside your children.

HOW TO RAISE A READER goes beyond the typical book lists and presents helpful tips from creating your own library, not treating books like a chore, and the importance of letting your teen read alone.  Even after teaching reading to young elementary students for over 36 years, I still found good advice to use with my 2 year old grandchild. I love that Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of the New York Times Book Review, have created such a beautiful book! I have one sitting on my coffee table. Watch for the parent workshops I will be offering at BookBar in the fall based on this book.

howtoraiseAn indispensable guide to welcoming children—from babies to teens—to a lifelong love of reading, written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer’s Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.

Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it’s how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, “More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level,” is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.

Bianca Schulze, author of 101 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU GROW UP, lives in the Denver area and has created a kid-friendly journal for your child to track their own choosing and reading of books.  Each featured book offers even more suggestions of other books to read if you liked that book. I now give the book as a birthday present with the challenge to read all 101 books and then receive $101 from me.  The book is colorful and so inviting for children to want to explore and begin using.  Book suggestions span from birth through teen years.


101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is a combination impressions journal and checklist of 101 books kids just gotta read while they’re still kids.

101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list doubles as not only a checklist, but also an impressions journal where kids can write their thoughts about the books the read, why they liked, or didn’t like, them, and how they rate them.

This manual is divided by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy, to sports and nonfiction. 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up celebrates the importance of reading and encourages family participation to help develop lifelong readers. The perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages, this checklist will help both kids and parents decide which books to read next!

Marilyn is BookBar’s head of children’s programming, a retired teacher, and lover of all things pink!