The journalist Jason Boog has long been a book lover. He's written about the publishing industry for the Galley Cat blog, and about literary culture for NPR and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among many other publications. Three years ago, his daughter, Olive, was born, and he got an entirely new perspective on books and reading. He's taken up his new parenting-and-reading obsession in "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age." He talks to Times' writer and parent Héctor Tobar about reading to newborns, the role of digital devices in kids' reading lives, and other topics.
How has your perspective on reading and kids changed since you became a parent?
How could you sense she was following along with you, even before she could speak?
Do you think that maybe she was picking up on the way you were reading, the way you 'inhabited,' or acted out the part of the book's characters?
The term "interactive reading" comes up a lot in your book. Can you elaborate on what it means?
Where do you come down on the debate about electronic readers and young children?
You make recommendations for kids' reading at many different ages. As someone who's surveyed the literature we have available for kids, what's your take on what American publishing is providing to young readers?
I've heard that one of the biggest mistakes a parent can make is trying to force their child to read. What are the pitfalls a parent can fall into if they're too anxious to have their kids read?