Author Archive: Jason Boog

How Comic Books Change a Kid’s Life

Have you read a comic book with the kid in your life lately? I’m heading to Comic-Con International with my daughter next week, and it is a good time to remind parents and caregivers: comic books can change a kid’s life. I passed my childhood comic book collection on to my daughter recently, and we […]

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Nate the Great Born Reading Bundle

Did you ever dream of becoming a detective? My daughter and I have been reading Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Craig Sharmat. We kept the experience going all weekend with more books, activities and detective apps. This funny series features the adventures of a pancake-loving kid detective and his kooky […]

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Building a Diverse Digital Library

How diverse is your child’s library? How diverse are the apps on your digital devices? I’ve collected some resources to help parents and caregivers build diverse digital libraries. At the American Library Association’s annual conference, the “Promoting Cultural Competence in Digital Storytimes” session explored apps that parents can use to build a more diverse digital […]

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Playing Pokémon Go Together

Have you tried Pokémon Go with the kid in your life? I loved playing the popular app with my almost 6-year-old daughter. The game turns your real life neighborhood into a digital map filled with creatures to discover. We walked around our neighborhood, photographed digital creatures in the bushes, captured Pokémon and met other kids playing the game. Best […]

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Best Interactive Print Books for Kids

Reading a book to a child is a lot harder than it looks. While writing Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, all the experts told me to be more interactive when reading. However, not all books will create an enthusiastic reading experience. At the American Library Association annual conference, I had the awesome privilege to […]

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Free Born Reading Newsletter for Parents

Born Reading is a work in progress. In Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, I share hundreds of books and apps that parents can use with kids. Now that the book is published, I still find great new apps and books every week. To keep parents and kids informed, I launched a free newsletter […]

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Kids Making Movies

Looking for a quick winter activity with housebound kids? When it’s time to turn off the TV, kids can make their own movie! It’s a powerful form of storytelling, a way to make sure a kid’s favorite story never ends. All you need is a smartphone, stuffed animals, or action figures.

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Creative Galaxy Inspiration

When was the last time you visited an art supply store with a kid? Even though smartphones and tablets help kids make creative projects, it is important to keep real life art around the house as well. You can also try Creative Galaxy, a kid’s TV show created by Amazon Studios. The show follows the adventures of an alien […]

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BOB Books & Early Reading

A few months after I published Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age, my daughter took an interest in learning how to read. We started with a set of BOB books, a beloved 35-year-old series that helps kids take baby steps into the world of reading. Olive loves shuffling through this boxed set of skinny books and […]

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Sanjay’s Super Team Inspiration

Did the kid in your life love Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur? The film included the Academy Award-nominated “Sanjay’s Super Team,” a brief animated movie that told the story of a boy learning to appreciate his father’s religious traditions. The animated short ended with an epic superhero-style mythological battle inside the kid’s imagination, and all the art was literally inspired by “The […]

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