Building Lifelong Readers Begins at Home, New Book Shares with Parents the Joys and Benefits of Reading with Their Children
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – March 22, 2016 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, announces the publication of Living Literacy at Home: A Parent's Guide, a resource for parents and classroom teachers filled with innovative strategies to encourage the joy of reading at home. Written by literacy expert Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro, the book offers straightforward, practical ideas to create a literacy-rich home environment for children.
Parental involvement is crucial in helping children build language and literacy skills. Living Literacy at Home evolved from Dr. Policastro’s experience as a mother and literacy educator, spending more than 25 years working directly with parents and teachers at Roosevelt University’s Language and Literacy Summer Reading Clinic in the Chicago area.
Living Literacy at Home helps families make every day a literacy-rich day with suggested activities, routines, and inspiration – from starting a family book club and establishing literacy routines to offering back-to-school ideas and ways to prepare for parent-teacher conferences. The book’s practical content guides parents through the family-school partnership. Included within this reference is useful information about school expectations and communicating with teachers to help them bridge classroom learning and literacy growth outside of school.
“One of the goals I had for each of my sons was to make sure they came into contact with lots of books with the hopes of developing the love and joy of reading. Trips to the public library and bookstores happened often. In order to develop lifelong readers and writers, the experiences must be joyful. Promoting the joy of reading is a gift that parents can pass on to their children,” said Policastro. “I loved writing this book both from the perspective as a mother and literacy educator. I wish that I would have had a resource like this to help me when I was raising boys. My hope is to help and uplift as many families as possible with the tools, strategies, and guidance about living literacy every day.”
Living Literacy at Home is the perfect resource for parents of children in grades K-8, though the routines and suggestions can be easily adapted for any grade level. Readers are encouraged to incorporate ideas that work for their specific situation and family.
Preview the book, including the foreword, introduction, table of contents, and a sample chapter, at: www.capstonepub.com/classroom/products/living-literacy-at-home. Listen to Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro discuss her book here.
Living Literacy at Home: A Parent's Guide
By Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro
ISBN: 978-1-4966-0656-3 e-Book ISBN: 978-1-4966-0657-0
$11.95 paperback $9.65 e-Book
About the Author
Dr. Margaret Policastro is a professor of language and literacy at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, where she directs the language and literacy program and is the founding director of the Summer Reading Clinic for children. Margaret has more than 30 years of experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in language and literacy at Roosevelt University. She has worked more than 10 years on grant funded literacy projects in Chicago Public Schools and is currently the principal investigator of the Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), funded by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Margaret grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and attended Indiana University where she received her B.S. in art and elementary education and her M.S. in reading. After teaching art and reading in Indiana, she moved to Chicago, Illinois, and earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in reading and language. Dr. Policastro’s research interests currently focus on access to books for parents, children, and teachers and ongoing professional development for teachers and what effects these have on student learning. She is co-author of The New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing Common Core and Formative Assessment in the New Balanced Literacy Classroom, and the mother of four boys.
Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at home reading. Professional development offerings are published under the Maupin House imprint. For more information, visit www.CapstoneClassroom.com.