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Partnering with Parents: Boosting Literacy for All Ages

Libraries Unlimited. Apr. 2019. 208p. bibliog. index. pap. $45. ISBN 9781440863929.
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While primarily written for public librarians, this title will also be valuable to parents of children ranging in age from infants to middle schoolers. At the forefront of Schreiber’s mind are both the child and the goal of getting kids to come to the library. She describes the different kinds of reference interviews that occur when parents and children ask the librarian for help choosing a book. Readers will also find suggestions on working with parents to help teach children to read and supporting parents of various kinds of readers (developing, apathetic, etc.). Each chapter offers relevant booklists and examples of successful library programs or partnerships.
VERDICT Part parent resource, part librarian guide, this volume provides many ideas on how to work with parents both in and outside of the library. Especially useful for new public librarians.

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