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Education

June 28, 2014

Ex-GalleyCat ed on raising bookworms

NEW YORK — Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat. When he became a dad, he was curious how best to foster a love of books in his newborn daughter.

His solution was — what else? — writing a book about raising bookworms, “Born Reading,” out in July from Touchstone. Boog, 37, lives in Los Angeles with his wife and now nearly 4-year-old daughter, Olive.

Four questions for Jason Boog:

AP: Isn’t there enough guidance out there on fostering a love of reading in babies and young children?

Boog: When I was just starting to introduce my daughter to books, the iPad, lots of digital devices, were swamping the market. They entered the marketplace so quickly that I don’t think we as parents, or even the child development experts — no one really — had enough time to process the whole change. There was this rapid shift in the way we read, so I set out in the book to speak to scientists, child development experts on how best to handle the new landscape.

AP: Are parents too exhausted in their child’s first year to read to them?

Boog: I started to read to my daughter from the very first few days of her life. On the one hand it’s boring to have these newborns. They don’t do very much. They kind of just sit there and you kind of need something to do to entertain them and entertain yourself.

Then when I started speaking to the experts about it, that act of reading, even if your child is not speaking and not pointing to things in a book, but the act and the sound of your voice is turning on switches in their brain constantly in those first two years of life. I didn’t realize that.

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