Ep. 55: Raising Kids who Love to Read with Anne Driscoll

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In Episode 55, I’m chatting with Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, California.

We talk all things books, including:

Reading Levels

Getting the parent and the child on the same when choosing books.

Getting the right books in the hands of each child.

The pros and cons of the reading level system.

Asking for teacher input when choosing a book.

“Let the child read what they want to read” – Anne Driscoll

Why some children at high levels are embarrassed.

AR (Accelerated Reader)

Choosing a book 

“I gently try to encourage them to let the child read what they want to read.” Anne Driscoll

Why audio books can be great when a child is struggling with content

Knowing your child and what books are appropriate

Graphic novels for reluctant readers

Encouraging reluctant readers to choose books with a TV show or movie that might be familiar

“Sometimes parents want to shield their kids from sad stories or tragic endings, but those are the ones that really stick with you.” Audrey Monke

Fostering a love of reading

“One of my favorite things as a parent was when my kids got to an age where I could read my favorite book to them aloud.” Audrey Monke

The importance of reading aloud

Listening or reading a book before your child to be aware of inappropriate content

Why getting into a “don’t read that” mentality isn’t good

Independent bookstores

Helping children and parents find books that foster a love of reading

Taking the time to get to know the child and their interests and then finding a book

Informing parents about unexpected content that may be in a book a child is requesting


Raising a Reader

Books We Talked About

The Read Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease

Harry Potter series

A Wrinkle in Time

Harriet the Spy

Roald Dahl

Judy Blume

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Guys Read – short stories (horror, sci fi, sports)

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Dog Man

To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before

The Book Thief


Ramona (Beverly Cleary)

ESIO TROT, Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web, EB White

The One and Only Ivan, Catherine Applegate

Little House on the Prairie

Chronicles of Narnia

Hunger Games

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sharp Objects, Dark Places

Milk & Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers


Fun Reading Related Websites

IndieBooks – Find your local independent book seller

What Should I Read Next?


Branches Books & Gifts



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