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Learning Tip: Can I Have a Word with You, Dad?
By Susan Dichter
Jim Trelease, author of The New Read Aloud Handbook, addresses parents and teachers throughout the country. He reports that wherever he goes, "Men make up less than 7 percent of my parent audience." Educators report similar figures for male turnout at PTA meetings.
According to the Center for Education Policy, boys lag behind girls in reading in every state.
The conclusion? Dads need to spend time opening a book, as well as swinging a bat, with their kids.
If both parents chase monsters with Sendak and sweat it out with Wilbur in Charlotte's Web, then you communicate a love of books that is contagious and your child will be hooked.
Susan Dichter wears many hats—mother, writer, former teacher, museum director, and librarian; her books include Teachers: Straight Talk from the Trenches.
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