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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

Tip #23: Be THAT Uncle or Aunt

Kitty Felde

Coming from a family of seven kids, you can easily imagine that I have a lot of nieces and nephews. The presents for birthdays from Aunt Kitty and Uncle Tad? Books.

I admit, it didn't make us the most popular uncle and aunt in the family. But years later, I can happily report that all the moaning and groaning actually paid off. One nephew is a crazy-mad reader, consuming as much Isaac Asimov and Robert Graves as he can get his hands on. A niece, now a psych nurse, says she still remembers her favorite, Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree." She said even as a child, she felt "so much emotion reading it!" 

Need a few suggestions about finding a book your young readers will love? We have a long list of favorites from our Book Club for Kids readers. Check them out here.