Maria Russo

Cindy Seip

Maria Russo is the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review. She has been a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer, and Salon. Pamela Paul and Maria Russo’s How to Raise a Reader (Workman Publishing Company) combines clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists to show how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.  The book is divided into four sections, from baby (Even newborns benefit from the experience of hearing stories) through teen,  each illustrated by a different artist, and offers something useful on every page, whether it’s how to develop rituals around reading, build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, “More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level,” is full of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.