Jay Heale, one of the founding members of the South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF) (now IBBY SA), has written a guide for parents that will help them to encourage their children’s reading. Hooked on Reading: Why and What to Read Your Children also includes a list of books for children to read at different stages.
“There is no child who cannot be hooked on books provided the right book is produced at the right moment.” – Jay Heale
This dip-in book of ideas contains invaluable advice and suggestions for parents and caregivers to ensure that their children develop a love of reading from a very young age – starting with babies, then first readers, primary readers, tweens and teens. An avid reader and book reviewer, Jay Heale shares knowledge gained in a lifetime of intimate involvement with books, with infectious enthusiasm. Included is a treasury of specially recommended books for your bookshelf, with several specific examples and classics introduced along the way. Also included are books about books, information on libraries, electronic reading material and the way in which technology has shaped the format in which we read, organisations such as IBBY and others focusing on books.
About the author
Jay Heale grew up in Somerset, England, and was educated at Bradﬁeld College and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree. He was a primary school teacher in England and South Africa. During his life, Jay has been an author, editor, publisher, bookseller, school librarian, actor, barman, journalist, reviewer, furniture salesman, traveller, wine writer, broadcaster, ﬁlm director and storyteller in the circus ring. He was a founding member of the South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF) which is now IBBY SA. Jay has attended many IBBY Congresses, being a speaker at several. For eight years he served on the Jury of IBBY’s Hans Christian Andersen Award, ﬁrst as a jury member and then as president of that jury. He was the organiser of the 2004 IBBY Congress in Cape Town. Jay is the author of many books for children and about children’s literature.