New Book From Top Parenting Bloggers Will Get Kids Reading Like "Rock Stars"


Mike Barrett

Bloggers Amy Mascott (Teach Mama) and Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) Debut Raising a Rock-Star Reader, published by Scholastic

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NEW YORK – November 10, 2015 – Popular parenting bloggers Amy Mascott (Teach Mama) and Allison McDonald (No Time for Flash Cards) debut their first-ever parenting book, Raising a Rock-Star Reader, to help busy parents get their child “reading ready.” Published by Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, Raising a Rock-Star Reader, available today at book retailers and online, offers parents 75 “quick tips,” including age-appropriate booklists, to help infants, toddlers and school-age children discover the power and joy of reading.

Some tips from Raising a Rock-Star Reader include:

  • Activities for holiday travel: Families traveling over Thanksgiving or December holiday breaks can transform travel games into learning opportunities:
    • Clap out family names: Practice syllables by clapping out the names of family, friends, and even pets.
    • I spy the letter: Challenge children to a letter hunt while on the go – at the grocery store, spotting street signs while riding in the car, or reading the menu at a restaurant.
    • Tell popcorn stories: Share little stories using whatever pops into the storyteller’s head. Start the story off with, “Once upon a time, there was a…” and see where it goes.
  • Fun reading games during holiday vacation: Families who are stuck indoors on cold winter days can try fun reading-ready activities, including:
    • Go on a book walk: Grab a favorite picture book and have the child retell the story in his or her own words. Use pictures and words as cues to build reading skills.
    • Rhyming “Go Fish”: Play this picture card game to grow children’s vocabulary skills. Parents can create their own cards or download “Go Fish” cards from or
    • Write on the walls: Tape paper to the walls, use window markers, or paint the walls with special blackboard paint to create a space for kids to work on fine motor, letter formation, and writing skills. Let kids scribble or paint freely, write giant letters and have fun.

Raising a Rock-Star Reader provides 10 curated, age-appropriate booklists, music suggestions, app recommendations, web resource lists, and online activity sheets to download and print.

“Even the busiest parent, grandparent, or caregiver can find time to try a great ‘quick tip’ or reading activity from Raising a Rock-Star Reader,” said Tara Welty, Group Editorial Director, Scholastic Teacher Resources. “Scholastic is thrilled to bring Amy and Allison’s passion for literacy to parents everywhere and to show them how easy, fun, and totally doable it is to help their children discover the joy of reading.”

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