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About the Author vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Have Fun, Start Now 1 1 The Science of Reading 7 PART I: BIRTH THROUGH PRESCHOOL 2 Preparing Your Child to Learn to Decode 31 3 Creating a Thirst for Knowledge 41 4 Seeing Themselves as Readers before They Can Read 57 PART II: KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SECOND GRADE 5 Learning to Decode 75 6 Banking Knowledge for the Future 95 7 Preventing a Motivation Backslide 113 PART III: THIRD GRADE AND BEYOND 8 Reading with Fluency 131 9 Working with More Complex Texts 145 10 The Reluctant Older Reader 165 Conclusion 189 Appendix: Accessing the Bonus Web Content 193 Suggestions for Further Reading 195 Works Cited 199 Index 219
DANIEL T. WILLINGHAM, PHD, is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His best-selling first book, Why Don't Students Like School? (Jossey-Bass, 2009), was hailed as "brilliant analysis" by the Wall Street Journal and "a triumph" by the Washington Post, recommended by scores of education-related magazines and blogs, and translated into many languages. His most recent book, When Can You Trust the Experts? How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education (Jossey-Bass, 2012), was named recommended reading by Nature and Scientific American, and made Choice's list of outstanding academic titles for 2013.