This 3-in-1 edition contains all three of Ms. Borkowsky and Ms. Rosenstock Marcus’ beautifully illustrated and cumulative graphic plays. Follow a mother on her journey of empowerment as she learns more and more about how reading should be taught at all stages and what can and should be done to help all children become successful readers.
Children show signs of potential reading difficulties way before they even begin reading. That’s why the series is perfect for parents of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers.
The books provide guidance on what can be done to ensure children develop a strong foundation before entering school. By first grade, inaccurate word-reading, if left unresolved, will affect reading and comprehension in the upper grades. As the literacy expert Dr. Anita Archer said, “There is no comprehension strategy powerful enough to compensate for the fact that you can’t read the words.” For many children who struggle to read in the first grade, reading will remain a problem throughout their lives.
In these short, easy-to-understand books, the author tries to convey the importance of having members of the community support and educate parents early enough in the process to change the trajectory for their children. Ms. Borkowsky provides specific examples of things parents can and should look for to ensure their children get off to a good start when they begin school.
What makes these books different?
I have been asked what makes my books different from other books that have been written about education and literacy. I think, and I am told, that I offer a unique perspective and that my message resonates with parents and lay people interested in the subjects. I do not speak in ‘edubabble,’ and I try to write in an accessible, impactful way. The “If Only I Would Have Known…” series was written to provide important information in a digestible format that is non-threatening to the average person.
The graphic play format brings home important messages without becoming too heavy. I wanted everyone to be able to identify with the characters, so the illustrations are all animals drawn in silhouette.
I pride myself on being down-to-earth and approachable, and these books, just like my book, Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent’s Guide to Intervention, are written for everyone. It is my hope that the books end up in doctors’ offices, preschools, and libraries or are given as gifts for new parents in maternity wards.