Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Reading is funny! (book)

Anderson, D. (2009). Reading is funny! Motivating kids to read with riddles. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Because they’re quick and fun to read, riddles can “hook” even reluctant readers and keep them coming back for more. Riddles also improve vocabulary, comprehension, and oral reading; enhance deductive and inductive thinking skills; and promote libraries as places for fun.

Drawing on her work with children in schools and public libraries, Dee Anderson offers easy-to-implement ideas on motivating kids to read with riddles plus a folk tale, scripts for puppet skits, sample PR handouts, reproducible games and patterns, and hundreds of carefully selected riddles, some exclusive to this book. Besides riddles on popular topics like animals, holidays, and sports (arranged alphabetically by subject for easy reference), Reading Is Funny! shares two chapters of riddles about books, libraries, and reading. You’ll learn how to:

  • encourage children to read more through interactive bulletin boards, puppetry, bookmaking, games, and activity sheets
  • incorporate riddles into lesson plans, story times, and book-related celebrations
  • use riddles to promote your library’s services and teach library skills
  • foster an environment of fun by encouraging children to share riddles with each other
  • create your own riddles