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Getting Kids to Read

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Getting Kids to Read

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Getting Kids to Read

Getting Kids to Read

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All the vacation book lists and reading games in the world aren't enough to get some kids to pick up a book over the summer. Children's authors keep trying new tactics to entice young readers — but is it working? We look at the whys and hows of getting kids to read.

Guest:

Paul Kropp, author of How to Make Your Child a Reader For Life and other books for reluctant readers

Esme Raji Codell, author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading; creator of PlanetEsme.com, a Web site devoted to kids and reading

Steven Johnson, author of Everthing Bad is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter

Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheeseman and The Time Warp Trio series for kids

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