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Reading is Funny! Motivating Kids to Read with Riddles
Dee Anderson
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0957-7
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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216 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0957-7
Year Published: 2008

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Why does the girl borrow books about fishing every time she visits the library?
    She’s “hooked” on them.
Because they’re quick and fun to read, riddles can “hook” even reluctant readers and keep them coming back for more. Riddles also improve vocabulary, comprehension, and oral reading; enhance deductive and inductive thinking skills; and promote libraries as places for fun.

Drawing on her work with children in schools and public libraries, Dee Anderson offers easy-to-implement ideas on motivating kids to read with riddles plus a folk tale, scripts for puppet skits, sample PR handouts, reproducible games and patterns, and hundreds of carefully selected riddles, some exclusive to this book. Besides riddles on popular topics like animals, holidays, and sports (arranged alphabetically by subject for easy reference), Reading Is Funny! shares two chapters of riddles about books, libraries, and reading. You’ll learn how to
  • encourage children to read more through interactive bulletin boards, puppetry, bookmaking, games, and activity sheets
  • incorporate riddles into lesson plans, story times, and book-related celebrations
  • use riddles to promote your library’s services and teach library skills
  • foster an environment of fun by encouraging children to share riddles with each other
  • create your own riddles
This one-of-a-kind resource is for school librarians, children’s librarians, teachers, parents, and anyone who wants to show children that reading is funny!

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About the Author
Dee Anderson has been collecting riddles for 15 years for her own enjoyment as well as creating her own riddles for herself and the community. The author of Amazingly Easy Puppet Plays (ALA Editions, 1997), Anderson often uses her riddles and programs at libraries, after school programs, and enrichment classes for the gifted.

“This is a fun, interesting resource that will be used again and again.”
--School Library Journal
Reading Is Funny Day--April 1

April Fool’s Day is a great time to show kids that reading is both fun and funny.
  • Check out joke and riddle books from your local library.
  • Play “Old Maid” or “Memory” with these reproducible playing cards.
  • Give children these reproducible activity sheets.
  • Let kids make paper bag puppets and glue these reproducible riddles on the back.
  • Dream up your own ways to motivate kids to read just for the fun of it.
What storybook scientist played April Fool’s Day jokes on his monster?
        Dr. “Prank-enstein”
What famous American enjoyed playing April Fool’s Day jokes on the other Founding Fathers?
        Benjamin “Prank-lin”
What happened when all the king’s men played an April Fool’s Day joke on Humpty Dumpty?
        He “fell” for it.
How did the shepherd play an April Fool’s Day joke on his sheep?
        He “pulled the wool over their eyes.”
Why is it hard to play an April Fool’s Day joke on a snake?
        You can’t “pull its leg.”
Why is it hard to play an April Fool’s Day joke on ballerinas?
           They’re “always on their toes.”
Why do seabirds always fall for April Fool’s Day jokes?
        They’re “gull-ible.”

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