Teachers and Librarians FREE Book: The Road to Dendura Book One

We’ve received a lot of questions pertaining to the free book program for teachers and librarians. We are currently back in stock and will be set to fulfill your requests as long our supplies last. The Creed Griffon website is the only online store that offers the free book program

The free book program is on a first come first serve basis and pertains to soft cover copies of The Road to Dendura only – and not to its e-book formats such as Kindle or Nook. Simply click on either link above. 

You’ll be asked to provide a few basic details for employment verification but the process is very easy. I thank you for your continued support and interest in The Road to Dendura series but most of all  for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

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Turning Your Kids / Teens Into “Power Readers” (Part 4)

“Here’s a simple but powerful truth that many parents and schools don’t act on: The more kids/teens read, the better readers they become. The best way to get kids and teens reading more is to give them books that they’ll gobble up – and that will make them ask for another. Yes, it’s that simple. 1 + 1 = 2. Kids say the number one reason they don’t read more is that they can’t find books they like. Freedom of choice is a key to getting them motivated and excited. Vampire sagas, comics, manga, books of sports statistics — terrific! — as long as kids are reading.

Should they read on e-tablets like Nook and Kindle? Sure, why not? (I’ll cover that more later) How about rereading a book? Definitely. Set a good reading example by letting your child see you do the very thing you are asking them to do. While you’re at the library letting your children pick out a few books, why don’t you choose a few for yourself? Let your child see you reading a good book now and again. This will prove once and for all that you’re not trying to punish them by asking them to do the same thing.

The Real World Example: Pending your child/teen’s age, have them assist you with reading a recipe, ordering food from a menu or putting together a toy using directions, reading a map on a trip or signing them up to read to younger groups at the library … Use your imagination – this can be a an excellent demonstration of the practicality of reading. Of course the task should be age appropriate but for smaller children, I recommend basic reading board games such as Uncle Wiggly, or the Reader Rabbit series. These methods are fun but once again they place your child in a real world scenario in which they need to utilize reading to play/win the game.

In turn, they realize that reading is not only necessary; it’s a valuable skill that can help them get ahead in the real world. Get involved – Some of you cringed when you read the words – get involved. But the depth of involvement is up to you and what you feel is necessary. Start off easy. The example I’m about to discuss was the same one we used in my home – with the same positive outcome.

However, I thought it best you hear about unbiased results: A fellow teacher’s children were five, seven, and eight. Every night before bedtime, she would read with them for ten to fifteen minutes. At first she did most of the reading. I have to admit it was a sacrifice for her, because for the most part (like the rest of us) she was just dead tired after work. At first they picked simple to read, easy to follow books with lots of pictures on subjects they were interested in – most of which we found at the local library or on eBay.

This same routine was followed all the way up until the day when each child was capable of reading on their own before bedtime. Pending on what type of day they’d had, they were allowed to stay up another fifteen to twenty minutes past bedtime in order to read. In their eyes it was a reward because they got to stay up longer and delve into a good book. In their mother’s eyes it was also rewarding because she finally had her children reading on their own.

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Turning Your Kids / Teens Into “Power Readers” (Part 3)

“Okay,” you might say. “Enough talk! What should I do?” Below are some suggestions I’ve used to help motivate my students, and also information that will help you – the parent. Please understand that this is not a panacea for every reluctant reader. Neither will it work if you only try a suggestion once or twice – repetition is the key – regardless of the age group you are dealing with.

Always remember that you are your own best judge when it comes to your child. Choose the information or suggestions you feel best for your situation. They are designed to inspire and provide fresh ideas to those parents willing to give them a try and if necessary, another, and another, and another…

I’ll start with the bad news first. (And please don’t stone the messenger) Sorry, moms and dads, but it’s your job — not the schools’ — to find books to get your kids reading and to make sure they read them. “How do you do this?” you might ask…Keep reading.


Some schools and school systems are on top of the reading problem. Is yours? Many schools around the country are successful at getting kids reading. That raises the obvious question: How come so many schools aren’t? There are terrific models for success with reluctant readers, but many school systems and state governments need to set aside their “not invented here” and “we have more important problems than education” attitudes. 

 

The Drop Everything and Read program is a brilliant learning tool used by more than a thousand schools. Drop Everything and Read schools devote one period a day to kids — and their teachers — doing nothing but reading, and mostly reading what they want to. The results can be dramatic.

The Knowledge Is Power schools in Washington require students to read at least 20 books a year and to carry a book with them at all times. Hooray! The Sun Prairie public schools in Wisconsin stopped buying textbooks and used the money to buy children’s trade books. Reading scores improved, because the kids wanted to read. P.S. 8 in the Bronx, New York, has a rotating library of student-published and student-illustrated books. Kids love books written by their peers.

The Battle of the Books Program: America’s Battle of the Books, ABB, is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3rd-12th. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. 

The competitions are similar in style to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competition, but the structure and format of the competitions may vary depending on the needs, resources and personal preferences at various school sites or at the regional/state competition levels. America’s Battle of the Books offers resources to students, parents, schools (public or private), librarians, home schools and international schools.

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Turning Your Kids / Teens Into “Power Readers” (Part 2)

Bravo to those of you with the foresight to start your children reading early in life! It has its definite advantages and (strictly in my opinion) is often easier to instill this habit around the ages of four to nine. When something becomes a habit less motivation is required to do whatever it is needed to accomplish the goal.

I have a friend who started her children reading around the ages of five using many of the ideas listed in this article. Today, both children ages 13 and 17 are avid readers. Nevertheless – although you’ll find suggestions that are applicable to the aforementioned type of readers, I truly want to focus on parents of reluctant readers in the age range of 8 to 17. 

 

Those of you who at the time – for whatever reason – didn’t take advantage of the opportunity of teaching your kids good reading habits in the early years – and now you’re beginning to see the negative results from it. Don’t worry, a little man with a big mallet won’t come out from behind your computer screen and bonk you on the head…

All is not lost. The sun will still rise in the morning and set in the evening. I’m not trying to be flippant. However, I receive a lot of email from concerned parents of all ages pertaining to this very subject and I’m here to tell you – with a little resourcefulness- you can motivate your children to read. Parents tell me all the time that “The Road To Dendura” has helped their child get motivated about reading.

Reality check… Let’s face it; some kids take to reading like a bear to honey while other respond to it like a five year old to a plate full of brussels sprouts. And – to make matters more challenging, it seems the older they get, the more distractions there are to keep them from wanting to read. I had that in mind when I began writing the Creed Griffon Series, and you can bet that I’ll stay on track with it until the final book is completed.

And while I’m on the subject, I’ll just come out and say the following: (because I receive plenty of email pertaining to this particular topic as well) – Don’t become frantic if your teen/child has received a poor mark in reading, or you’ve had a recent discussion with his/her teacher over problems in this area.

Most of us learn to read in due time. Yet I am certainly aware that arriving at this destination on a satisfactory level takes a little longer in some cases. Nonetheless, with a parent’s positive assistance – improvements can come faster. Note the word positive: meaning – try your hardest not to show frustration with your child or teen’s reluctance to read… This only makes it worse for everyone.

So take a deep breath. Simply because you’re reading this article demonstrates that you are a concerned parent ready and willing to assist by whatever means necessary. I personally know parents with this kind of ‘get involved attitude’ – and they get great results!

Respectfully,

 

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