We’re very excited to announce that Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, a new book by Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine, is now available for purchase online and in bookstores.
In Tap, Click, Read, Lisa and Michael argue that in order to build strong literacy skills for all young children regardless of their family’s socioeconomic background, we—the adults around them—must fundamentally rethink how a child becomes a fluent reader, and provide the best support that we can.
This means not shrinking away from the world of technology and the ever-growing presence of screens. We can no longer pretend that today’s children will learn to read—or grow up—in a world that is not dominated by digital media. The authors are not suggesting that technology in itself has the magic answer. Instead, they ask, “How can we take advantage of the devices that are so appealing to young children, and make them tools that teach valuable skills?”
We’re thrilled that the AAP has just softened its long-held stance of “no screens” to supporting parents engaging with their children around screen media. Tap, Click, Read offers research-based insight on:
- How parents can help their kids get ahead and become stronger readers
- What teachers need to know about technology and reading
- Support that policy makers need to be giving their community
- Making a smarter app store
- How to fix the literacy gap
- What the literacy gap means to the American economy
The book was inspired by the work of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a national network of more than 150 cities focused on improving literacy in their communities, and funded by the Pritzger Children’s Initiative.