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Born Reading

Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between

Foreword by Betsy Bird

About The Book

A program for parents and professionals on how to raise kids who love to read, featuring interviews with childhood development experts, advice from librarians, tips from authors and children’s book publishers, and reading recommendations for kids from birth up to age five.

Every parent wants to give his or her child a competitive advantage. In Born Reading, publishing insider (and new dad) Jason Boog explains how that can be as simple as opening a book. Studies have shown that interactive reading—a method that creates dialogue as you read together—can raise a child’s IQ by more than six points. In fact, interactive reading can have just as much of a determining factor on a child’s IQ as vitamins and a healthy diet. But there’s no book that takes the cutting-edge research on interactive reading and shows parents, teachers, and librarians how to apply it to their day-to-day lives with kids, until now.

Born Reading provides step-by-step instructions on interactive reading and advice for developing your child’s interest in books from the time they are born. Boog has done the research, talked with the leading experts in child development, and worked with them to compile the “Born Reading Essential Books” lists, offering specific titles tailored to the interests and passions of kids from birth to age five. But reading can take many forms—print books as well as ebooks and apps—and Born Reading also includes tips on how to use technology the right way to help (not hinder) your child’s intellectual development. Parents will find advice on which educational apps best supplement their child’s development, when to start introducing digital reading to their child, and how to use tech to help create the readers of tomorrow.

Born Reading will show anyone who loves kids how to make sure the children they care about are building a powerful foundation in literacy from the beginning of life.

About The Author

Photograph by Mike Henry

Jason Boog was a publishing editor at Mediabistro and lead editor of their popular blog on all things publishing, GalleyCat, for five years. His writing has been featured on NPR and in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, and Salon. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Boog lives in California with his wife and daughter. Visit him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Touchstone (July 15, 2014)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476749815

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Raves and Reviews

“A great resource for anyone who wants to help children love to read.”

– Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

"A paean to the advantages interactive reading gives children by the time they reach preschool."

– Publishers Weekly

"Offers insightful tips from Boog’s own experiences as a father as well as from researchers with decades of expertise in the fields of literacy, child development, parenting, and education. ...Packed with invaluable bits of advice designed to create curious, enthusiastic, and lifelong learners."

– Allison Irwin, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts

"I seriously don't have enough good things to say about this book. . . . He’s this generation’s Jim Trelease. This book is awesome, and I think it's one that should find its way into school curriculum for teachers and librarians."

– The Novel World

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