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RMU Recommends Book List

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Pittsburgh, May 6, 2014 – Faculty members in Robert Morris University's School of Education and Social Sciences have unveiled a reading list for children and adolescents that parents can access online.

RMU Recommends ( features the favorite books of education faculty members, as well as their recommendations for other books appropriate for varying age levels and for children with special needs.

"We worked very hard to compile a diverse list of books for children, teachers, and parents that can be used for a variety of reasons," said Carianne Bernadowski, associate professor and coordinator of RMU's Reading Specialist Program. "I am extremely excited to be part of a group of professionals who are passionate about literacy, and we hope that other professionals and parents will find value in our work."

The RMU Recommends reading list, which will be updated regularly, is divided into five sections based on age – Infant and Toddler, Preschool, Elementary/School Age, Upper Elementary/Middle, and Teens – and includes a number of suggested mobile reading apps appropriate to use in conjunction with traditional literature.

The list includes titles from as far back as 1955, like Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon, to more modern favorites like Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It also includes recommended storybook reading apps for tablets, like Reading Rainbow, Scholastic Storia, and Kidztory.

"Studies show that reading aloud to your children actually increases their chances for success in school and of becoming lifelong readers," said Mary Ann Rafoth, dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences. "The gift of reading can be shared at any age and can change the way children interpret their worlds. We hope this list will encourage parents to spend more time reading quality books to their children."