We all know the importance of early literacy. Beginning at birth, babies learn language through literacy-rich experiences – parents interacting with them using books. These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval. As a child grows, parent involvement is even more important.
According to the National Education Association, having kids read a lot is one of the crucial components of becoming a good reader. Young readers need to become practiced at recognizing letters and sounds. The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency. And, the only way to get good at it is to practice.
I have always enjoyed reading, and remember how excited I was to start school so I could finally learn how to read the newspaper and nonfiction books! If your child loves nonfiction, the DK Leveled Reading Series is definitely for them. The DK Leveled Reading Series has been around for 15 years and has helped revolutionize the way kids learn to read, offering the first books of their kind to use real photography and nonfiction narratives. Before then, early reading systems relied on illustrated fiction. DK Readers combined the reality of photography with a strong, information-based narrative text, as well as delivering the pedagogy of the traditional reading programs. This format opened up the range of subject matter that appeals most to kids—a key component to fostering a positive “learning to read” environment. Since 1988, DK has sold 49 million Readers and published more than 200 titles in the series. Now, after consulting with today’s leading experts in children’s literacy, DK has transformed their approach with modern subjects and enticing covers that compete for the time and attention of digital-era kids. Trusted by parents, teachers, and librarians, and loved by kids, DK’s leveled reading series has been updated to capture the attention of young readers this summer and beyond. Fifteen additions to the beloved beginner reading program feature eye-catching gold foil jackets and brand-new nonfiction narrative content on kids’ favorite subjects, from jungle animals to LEGO®.
This week DK Editorial Director, Nancy Ellwood joined me for an interview to discuss the DK Leveled Reading Series, she also offered proven steps for successful reading, shared tips on how parents can instill confidence in their new and beginning readers, the four levels of DK Readers that are aimed at different reading abilities enabling parents and teachers to choose the books that are exactly right for each child, and much more! Please be sure to watch the video below to see my interview with DK Editorial Director Nancy Ellwood. For more information please visit: DK.com.
Video: Watch Candace Rose interview DK Editorial Director, Nancy Ellwood to discuss early literacy and the DK Children’s Reading Series!
BIO: In her position as Editorial Director at DK, Nancy Ellwood plays a pivotal role in deciding which topics DK publishes for all adult and children’s titles, keeping her eye out for new trends and formats that will resonate with readers, especially kids. An avid nonfiction reader herself, Nancy was instrumental in reviewing DK’s beloved Readers program, and helping develop the new style, topics, content, and approach of the new titles.
This TV tour is sponsored by the publisher – DK Publishing. Candace Rose Anderson was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.