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Reading Out of School


"Children who love to read have a step up in life.”  Recent surveys show most of us believe that.  But how do you get kids to love reading --or even willing to pick up a book while school is out? Is it possible that summer vacation might even be the perfect time for youngsters to discover a love for books?
We talk with a cognitive psychologist who has been perusing new research on this subject.  His findings might just give hope to parents everywhere.


Daniel T. Willingham, Ph.D.  -  Researcher into cognitive psychology applications in learning and education.  Writer of the  “Ask The Cognitive Scientist” column at American Educator magazine.  Columnist for Real Clear Education.   Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia.  Author of Why Don’t Students Like School (Jossey-Bass) and of the forthcoming new book  Raising Kids Who Read.