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Raising a Rockstar Reader and Starbucks Giveaway

I’ve always been a book lover. My mom helped instill a great love of reading in me very early on in my life and I’ve made it my mission to do the same with my own kiddos. I’ve read to them every night since day one and I firmly believe that’s why they showed an interest in reading at such a young age. Bedtime just isn’t bedtime in our house without at least one story.

Now that my son is learning to read on his own, I want to make sure I give him all the tools I possibly can to help the process along. I know how hard it can be on kids when they struggle with a subject. And on that note, I decided to do some more research. I actually used to tutor kids in reading when I was in college, but it’s been…ahem… a while. Any old dog could use some new tricks right? Haha! Luckily for me, my friend, and education blogger, Amy Mascott from Teach Mama, recently released a book with her fellow education blogger, Allison McDonald of No Time for Flash Cards, called Raising a Rockstar Reader!


We had already made activities like having our little guy read to us and retell the story that we’ve read a part of our routine, but I knew there was so much more we could be doing to help him become the best reader he could be. One of their tips that really resonated with me was focus on storytelling…They suggested encouraging impromptu storytelling to help kids hone in on their creativity. My mom used to tell us a story every night after she read to us. I can’t believe that I had forgotten that!

I also love the idea of creating a word jar. By filling it with high frequency kind of words that your child needs to know and having them pick one to chat about, you can help expand their vocabulary and they’ll have more time to focus on learning and sounding out tougher words. Amy and Alison suggested during this at dinnertime.

raising a rockstar reader

And I can’t forget the writing center…Taking the time to think through what they’re writing isn’t always a kid’s favorite thing to do, at least not my kids, so setting up a center that’s all their own with tools that will make writing seem more like a fun game than a dreaded chore is such a great idea. I plan on creating our writing center as soon as possible!

These are just a few of my favorite takeaways from the book, but there are so many more! If you have a beginning reader in the house, you’re going to want to read Raising a Rockstar Reader! And even if you have little ones that aren’t quite at reading age yet, it’s worth it to pick up this book now. Amy and Allison also included tips for reading to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers!

Now wouldn’t you like to win your own copy of Raising a Rockstar Reader? Well, it’s your lucky day! We’re giving one away along with a $25 Starbucks gift card to help fuel those study sessions. Haha!

Disclosure: We were not paid for this post. We received a sample for review.

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  • Christina H

    Yay! Starbucks giveaway!

    January 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Janet W.

    Yes, my grandson is a beginning reader and enjoys learning new words so he can read to us!

    January 6, 2016 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Julie Wood

    I have a beginning reader at home, and we reading in my home, and this book looks amazing!

    January 6, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Mami2jcn

    Yes, my daughter is a beginning reader.

    January 6, 2016 at 9:36 am Reply
  • lauren

    I so need to get on reading with my 4 year old!

    January 6, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Anne Hanson

    No new readers quite yet but SOON 🙂

    January 6, 2016 at 10:07 am Reply
  • HS

    Yes we have a beginning reader at home.

    January 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm Reply
  • Heather Dawn

    Yes, my son is a beginning reader!

    January 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Andi

    Not yet, but definitely in the next couple of years!

    January 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Elena

    I don’t have a beginning reader at home, but I have a niece who is a beginning reader

    January 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • natasha lamoreux

    I do. My daughter is 6 and jsut beginning to read on her own.

    January 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Leigh Anne Borders

    We do! Our son is 5 years old in the Kindergarten.

    January 6, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Anne Stull

    I do not have a beginning reader at home, but my 10 year old son is reading at an 8th Grade level!

    January 6, 2016 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • Tara

    Yes! My 7 year old loves to read and my 4 year old loves to listen!

    January 6, 2016 at 11:18 pm Reply
  • Barbara Montag

    Kids are all grown up now.
    When the grand kids are over we read a lot.
    thank you

    January 7, 2016 at 12:09 am Reply
  • janetfaye

    My granddaughter is a beginner reader.

    January 7, 2016 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Kristen

    No I don’t, but I love reading with my friend’s 4 year old.

    January 7, 2016 at 2:16 am Reply
  • Lisa Brown

    my nephew is a beginning reader and my sister works with him daily on it.

    January 7, 2016 at 3:25 am Reply
  • Natalie

    My daughter is still too young to read, but pretty soon she will be at those books!!

    January 7, 2016 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Sean

    We do. We started actually a few months ago with our 5 year old daughter.

    January 7, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply
  • shelly peterson

    My oldest grandson is a beginner reader.

    January 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm Reply
  • Kelly D

    Yes, my daughter is a beginner reader.

    January 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm Reply
  • Angelina M Linan

    I do have a beginner reader. He is is preschool and we are learning the beginning stages/concepts of reading.

    January 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • Chrissy R.

    My daughter is still a little too young to start reading but I love reading and really want to make sure I instill that love at an early age!

    January 8, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply
  • nadya kotik

    no but my sister has one and she is homeschooling her kids

    January 8, 2016 at 7:06 pm Reply
  • Cheryl B.

    Yes, my Grand-daughter is a beginning reader.

    January 9, 2016 at 8:20 pm Reply
  • Noelle Carroll

    My 4 year old is in the very early stages of reading. We work on it weekly, so I am hoping by 5 he will be reading!

    January 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm Reply
  • Jeanna

    I do and I love that she’s into reading as much as I am!

    January 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • ColleenMarie

    Yes, I have a 1st grader and a daughter entering K next school year!

    January 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply
  • tiffany c (@sweetmatcha)

    Yes I do, my older daughter is 6 and is beginning to read, and she loves to read all sorts of things! We go shopping and she would pick up a book near the aisles and browse through it! She found a star wars comic book and started reading it and tells me she loved it even though she’s never watched any of the movies 🙂

    January 11, 2016 at 10:42 pm Reply
  • tiffany c (@sweetmatcha)

    I am a subscriber of your amazing emails 🙂

    January 11, 2016 at 10:43 pm Reply
  • Chris - OMG Savings Blog

    Yes, anything to help encourage good strong readers

    January 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm Reply
  • shaunie

    Yes, we have one starting soon

    January 12, 2016 at 5:08 pm Reply
  • Lori

    Yes, we do!

    January 13, 2016 at 1:42 am Reply
  • Alina

    Our daughter is a beginning reader. We started a month ago.

    January 13, 2016 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Stafford

    My son just turned 6 and we’ve started to read. He finds it to be a lot of fun.

    January 13, 2016 at 9:53 am Reply
  • Linda N

    Don’t currently have a beginning reader at home, but looking forward to the days to come when my 2 month old grand-daughter is ready to discover the magic of books.

    January 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply
  • Gina M

    I do! I have a Kindergartener who is learning to read right now. Thanks for the chance to win!

    January 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • heather hayes panjon

    Yes, I Have A Beginner Reader.

    January 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Cori Westphal

    I don’t, but I know a few people who could use this!

    coriwestphal at gmail dot com

    January 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm Reply

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