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ERIC Number: ED450404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-883790-74-3
Choosing Books for Children, Ages 12 to 14.
Smith, Carl B.
This book is part of a series that helps parents choose books for their children and talk with them about books in ways that actively engage children with the meaning on the printed page. The introduction notes that it is important for parents to continue sharing books with their children at this age (12 to 14 years). The first chapter, "Reading and Sharing with Children, Ages 12-14," discusses read-aloud strategies and conversation starters. It also offers suggestions for active listening, and offers guidelines for friendly book-sharing conversations. The next chapter, "Choosing Books for Children, Ages 12-14," suggests and describes 13 books that match the developmental characteristics of readers at this age. It organizes them according to mythical journeys, adolescent curiosity, moral dilemmas, and relationships. The next chapter, "Writing: Another Way of Sharing," describes enjoyable activities that can make the reading partnership more pleasurable, using writing to share ideas. It describes keeping a journal, keeping a dialogue journal, outlines other writing activities, and describes briefly 13 books that can serve as great writing models for children. The final chapter describes 14 books on sensitive issues. A Conclusion reviews the most important points. (SR)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.; Family Learning Association, Bloomington, IN.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For related books in the series, see CS 217 447-449.