Reading with Kids? Not that Hard!
Latest Posts , Opinion / October 24, 2011

Today there was a whole section on The Guardian on Reading with Kids. A subject close and dear to my heart (see my post: Classic Lit for Kids – Getting Started). Tim Dowling wrote a wonderful article titled “Reading with kids? How hard can it be?” Like many parents, Mr. Dowling had a problem reading to his kids. We all had that, that hint of doubt which roots in your mind, the knowledge that your narrative voice is absolutely nothing like the one in your head, and more. The purpose of the article though is to give parents some tips to get their kids to read. There are some excellent tips at the bottom (make sure you read the article for context), I was going to write a few more but unfortunately there is no place for comments. Focus on flow, not accuracy – when kids learn to read it’s OK to give them a book a step below their level and help them if they struggle or make a simple mistake but don’t nitpick too much. When they read it the second time, that’s when you can make the corrections. Encourage them to read to their toys – toys…

Author Q&A with Dennis Danziger
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / October 24, 2011

Den­nis Danziger (web­site) is the author of A Short History of a Tall Jew (my thoughts). The book was funny, hilar­i­ous and charm­ing . I later found out that Mr. Danziger used to be a TV writer on shows such as  Taxi and Kate and Allie. He writes a bi-weekly column in the Huffington Post and other publications and somehow finds the time to teach public high school. Q. What was the transition like from writing for TV (one of my favorites: Taxi as well as Kate and Allie) to writing newspaper columns and books? A.  I was never comfortable at writing for TV, never comfortable with the structure. And, I might add, not very good at it. So the transition to columns and books was easy because I went back to writing in forms that felt more natural to me. Q.  Is LA really that crazy? A.  Probably much crazier than the LA I’ve presented in Short History. I wrote the book when I was in my 50s. A writer in his/her 20s or 30s would probably reveal an even more out of whack world. Q. It seems to me that society doesn’t let the book’s protagonist, a public…

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