Before Laura Martin ever authored her amazing Edge of Extinction series, she was a middle school language arts teacher. And her specialty was helping kids resistant to reading fall in love with books.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • some of her favorite tips to get your kids not just reading more, but really loving books
  • ideas for organizing books by genre and helping your children create a “someday list.”
  • and why kids who want to be writers should be listening to more books than they’re reading

Plus: a couple of my kids make an appearance in this episode. They are the ones responsible for introducing me to this fabulous series, after all!

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Episode 64
The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

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Good, evil; battles, betrayals; this classic series begins with either The Magician’s Nephew, or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (depending on who you ask!). There are 7 books in all -- one filled with more adventure and fantasy than the next.

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Fablehaven

Fablehaven

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Kendra and Seth visit their grandparents, having no idea that their grandfather is the caretaker of Fablehaven, a hidden refuge for mystical creatures to prevent their extinction. Will keep you turning pages! Watch the author talk about writing this book in his Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)

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‘The treehouse started to spin … and then everything was still. Absolutely still.’ Jack and Annie have so many adventures together! A gentle introduction to history, kids will love the non-fiction companion books too!

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Don Quixote: Complete

Don Quixote: Complete

**Description from Amazon: Published in two volumes, but complete here, a decade apart, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly ap...

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Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds #1

Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds #1

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Can Cam help catch the diamond thief? Cam and her friend Eric are sitting at the mall when the jewelry store is robbed. Cam sees the thief, but the police arrest the wrong person. Now it's up to Cam to catch the real criminal!

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The Giver Quartet boxed set

The Giver Quartet boxed set

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Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan

Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan

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This is easily one of my "most recommended" books of the year. I found this book impossible to put down-- and so did my kids! If you have a child who hasn't fallen head-over-heels for reading yet, start here. I loved the second book (Code Name Flood) every bit as much as the first!

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One hundred and fifty years ago, the first dinosaurs were cloned. Soon after, they replaced humans at the top of the food chain. The only way to survive was to move into underground compounds...

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Edge of Extinction #2: Code Name Flood

Edge of Extinction #2: Code Name Flood

**Description from Amazon: Perfect for fans of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World! Code Name Flood is the electrifying sequel to The Ark Plan, which School Library Journal praised by saying: “Nonstop action, marauding dinosaurs, and kids on the run: What’s not to like?” Last week, twelve-year-old Sky found a cryptic messa...

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Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist (Darby Creek Publishing)

Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist (Darby Creek Publishing)

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**Description from Amazon: Everyone loves the stories of legendary creatures that just might really exist. This book relies on the latest information from cryptozoologists, experts who study these mysterious beings, and the counter-arguments are explored from experts who strongly believe they do not exist.

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Alfred Kropp Adventures Book 1)

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Alfred Kropp Adventures Book 1)

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**Description from Amazon: Alfred Kropp is just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle ropes him into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur-the legendary sword of King Arthur. But when Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the wrong hands, he undertakes an unl...

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Mr. Tucket (The Francis Tucket Adventures Book 1)

Mr. Tucket (The Francis Tucket Adventures Book 1)

**Description from Amazon: Fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family by wagon train. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is thrilled that he is being treated like an adult. But Francis lags behind to practice shooting and is captured by Pawnees. It will take wild horses, ho...

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