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Title: The Read-Aloud Handbook
Author: Jim Trelease
Publisher: Published July 25th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published September 30th 1982)
ISBN: 9780143037392
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 A New York Times and million copy bestseller, the classic handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by “Dear Abby”, The New York Times and The Washington Post, for three decades, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and  A New York Times and million copy bestseller, the classic handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by “Dear Abby”, The New York Times and The Washington Post, for three decades, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. Now this new edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook imparts the benefits, rewards, and importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research, The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies—and the reasoning behind them—for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.

30 review for The Read-Aloud Handbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    I have really mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, Trelease's treasury of read-aloud books is AWESOME. I would buy this book for that alone and I give 5 stars to that part, which is significant because it comprises over half of the book. Plus, the overall thrust of the book (read out loud to your kids) is something I am passionate about. The rest of the book....eh. Some of the information is really inspiring and some of it just fell flat for me. For one thing, the writing and reasonin I have really mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, Trelease's treasury of read-aloud books is AWESOME. I would buy this book for that alone and I give 5 stars to that part, which is significant because it comprises over half of the book. Plus, the overall thrust of the book (read out loud to your kids) is something I am passionate about. The rest of the book....eh. Some of the information is really inspiring and some of it just fell flat for me. For one thing, the writing and reasoning are lacking. The conclusions Trelease draws from the research he is citing are often a pretty big stretch. For example, "In the nearly ten years since the arrival of the [Harry:] Potter books, school crime was down, teen pregnancies declined, and teen smoking and drug use dropped." Okay. Well, what other random social statistics changed during those same ten years? I'm certain there were negative changes. Are those tied to Harry Potter mania? I doubt it. But Trelease is totally implying that the reading obsession that consumes kids during their Harry Potter years is linked to a drop in teen pregnancies? What??? That needs a VERY significant amount of research to draw any kind of usable correlation. And that is typical of a lot of his correlational claims throughout the book. I did like the emphasis on reading to children even as they get older and are able to read to themselves. Trelease's information in that section is very interesting and that's a practice that probably doesn't really occur to many of us. So basically, the Treasury of Read-Alouds makes this book completely worth time and even money. The rest of it is maybe worth a quick scan. P.S. What is with the Oprah worship? I mean, I agree that the woman is incredibly powerful and used her power to get A LOT of people reading and discussing books and I think that's wonderful. But it's almost like he was trying to get a spot on her show or something. (I wonder if he ever did...)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina DeVane

    This book turned out to be way more informative than I expected. It didn’t only give facts, statistics, and reasons why parents should read to their children, but it also brought to light the recent effects of TV, cell phones, e-readers, the internet, etc, etc, and how this is impacting children and adults alike. It gives healthy information about fathers especially stepping up their game to influence their children (boys in particular) in education and reading. This book made me reflect on my c This book turned out to be way more informative than I expected. It didn’t only give facts, statistics, and reasons why parents should read to their children, but it also brought to light the recent effects of TV, cell phones, e-readers, the internet, etc, etc, and how this is impacting children and adults alike. It gives healthy information about fathers especially stepping up their game to influence their children (boys in particular) in education and reading. This book made me reflect on my childhood and how much my parents actually did read to me with a large portion being the Bible which I believe had the greatest affect on my life- Truth was poured into me every. single. day. I may not agree with every single conclusion this book states as reading can make you much more “successful” in human logic, but being successful in God’s eyes is the most important-though reading will be a great asset in this! I also really enjoy the treasury of books listed in the back to guide me in choosing books for my children. I can be more purposeful now as I go to the library rather than picking up whatever looks interesting at the time. ☺️ Summer reading commences now!! 📚🤓

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suzan

    This is a fantastic book that any parent should own. It really helps you understand the need to read out loud to your children (teenagers included)and the benefits that happen from doing so. He also explains that a child's listening level is higher than his reading level, which is important. That is the first part of the book. The rest of it contains reading lists with summaries about the books, which is a great help for picking out books your children will love.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I had written a scathing review and gave this book one star then my computer did something weird and the review was lost. A friend questioned the one star so I thought I would rewrite the review. Maybe I am a bit judgmental of books on parenting, I always think "Why is there a book on this?? Why isn't common sense enough? We have to obsessively study the topic too?" Maybe I am the one who is way off and I should be a bit more interested in reading about different ideas as they pertain to raising I had written a scathing review and gave this book one star then my computer did something weird and the review was lost. A friend questioned the one star so I thought I would rewrite the review. Maybe I am a bit judgmental of books on parenting, I always think "Why is there a book on this?? Why isn't common sense enough? We have to obsessively study the topic too?" Maybe I am the one who is way off and I should be a bit more interested in reading about different ideas as they pertain to raising my daughter. I was raised by two hyper-intelligent people who were the most hands off parents you could meet, they were voracious readers and as a direct result I am a voracious reader. My mom was a tremendous cook, and as a direct result I love to cook. My Dad was tall, well you see the pattern?? (haha) I believe that if I want my child to be/do/feel/think in any particular way I simply have to model that behavior and she will more than likely pick it up. I don't need to spend what little free time I have in life studying the topic. I think we are all losing our minds and making raising kids way harder than it needs to be. Give them love, food, shelter then get the heck out of their way--they will be who they are going to be in spite of you. Thats my two cents for the day!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    The "Treasury of Read-Alouds" that comprises the second half of this book salvages the first half, which is basically Trelease's excuse to spout opinions on all aspects of parenting. I was not a fan of the whole tone of the book, especially the way in which Trelease talks down to his readers. For example, quoted from page 32, "Listening comprehension feeds reading comprehension. Sounds complicated, right? So let's make it simple." The only way that statement would be complicated would be if the The "Treasury of Read-Alouds" that comprises the second half of this book salvages the first half, which is basically Trelease's excuse to spout opinions on all aspects of parenting. I was not a fan of the whole tone of the book, especially the way in which Trelease talks down to his readers. For example, quoted from page 32, "Listening comprehension feeds reading comprehension. Sounds complicated, right? So let's make it simple." The only way that statement would be complicated would be if the reader didn't understand the word "comprehension." Further, on page 38, we hear, "Now that I've established the idea in your mind that there is a significant difference between listening level and reading level . . ." Excuse me? You've established an idea in my mind? What arrogance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is a great reference when you want to know what would be a good book to read aloud to your children. The premise is that children can understand text that is too hard for them to read. When we read aloud to our children things that are exciting to them, they develop a love of books. Then, because they know and love books, they will do the work to learn how to read fluently. The first 1/3 of the book is explaining why and how to read aloud. The rest of the book are lists of books, with This book is a great reference when you want to know what would be a good book to read aloud to your children. The premise is that children can understand text that is too hard for them to read. When we read aloud to our children things that are exciting to them, they develop a love of books. Then, because they know and love books, they will do the work to learn how to read fluently. The first 1/3 of the book is explaining why and how to read aloud. The rest of the book are lists of books, with summaries, of books. They are listed according to "listening level." (NOT the child's reading level.) I have loved using this book as a reference at home and in the classroom. If you don't want to buy the book, you can get a lot of the info at this website: http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    This book is a game changer! I always knew it was “good” to read to your kids, but never knew how much! This author shares a lot of old-school wisdom: require your kids to read, turn off the TV, reading to your kids provides a great connection, etc. I don’t agree with every point such as: any reading is good reading, Oprah‘s book club is a wonderful thing, and the Harry Potter books lowered crime and teen pregnancies (?!), etc. By sifting through his enthusiasm, this is a really great book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I found this at the bottom of a bag of clothes being passed to my son. It no doubt came from my sister-in-law who is a mother of 3 and an elementary school teacher. I am so happy that it came my way. This book is a fantastic resource for parents, teachers and librarians. It discusses the importance of reading aloud to children and the many positive effects it has. The book dives into silent reading, TV watching and other reading-related issues as well. I feel like every parent, teacher and librar I found this at the bottom of a bag of clothes being passed to my son. It no doubt came from my sister-in-law who is a mother of 3 and an elementary school teacher. I am so happy that it came my way. This book is a fantastic resource for parents, teachers and librarians. It discusses the importance of reading aloud to children and the many positive effects it has. The book dives into silent reading, TV watching and other reading-related issues as well. I feel like every parent, teacher and librarian would benefit from reading this. The second half of the book is a reading treasury- just a suggestion list of books that are good to read aloud (as opposed to some that are better read silently). These books are marked with the grade level suggested for the listeners and a brief description.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Another book I include in baby shower gift baskets. This one includes the research behind the need to read aloud to children of all ages (not just young children). (I'm sure the research part is not for everyone) Includes a great treasury of read aloud books... I actually have the 5th & 4th editions, but not this one yet... The difference between the 4th & 5th editions was an updated treasury of books, & also chapters addressing Harry Potter, Oprah book clubs, Internet, etc... I can' Another book I include in baby shower gift baskets. This one includes the research behind the need to read aloud to children of all ages (not just young children). (I'm sure the research part is not for everyone) Includes a great treasury of read aloud books... I actually have the 5th & 4th editions, but not this one yet... The difference between the 4th & 5th editions was an updated treasury of books, & also chapters addressing Harry Potter, Oprah book clubs, Internet, etc... I can't wait to see new additions to the 6th edition.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    I know that this review may seem a little over the top but, this is the first time that I have ever finished reading a library book and then ordered it on amazon.com within minutes of finishing it. Alison and I will read this one together once we receive it. This is one of the most interesting motivating and inspiring books that I have ever read and I agree with many of the reviews on the book that I have read which state that no household with children should ever be without a copy of this book I know that this review may seem a little over the top but, this is the first time that I have ever finished reading a library book and then ordered it on amazon.com within minutes of finishing it. Alison and I will read this one together once we receive it. This is one of the most interesting motivating and inspiring books that I have ever read and I agree with many of the reviews on the book that I have read which state that no household with children should ever be without a copy of this book. Anyone who ventures onto a book review blog (thanks for coming by the way) already knows and values the importance of reading. What this book does is explain why reading (both silently and aloud) are so important and how it can literally change lives. My favorite part of the book is all of the letters and personal stories that are shared. Even more impressive is that many of the tips and tricks that are shared in the book can be applied to public speaking or presentations. This is a book that I expect will become well worn in the Squire household.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    My initial thoughts about this book: I know it's good to read to children. why do I need to read a book to tell me that again. Now however I am so glad I took the time to read this. For starters it is interesting, informative and engaging. Many reports, studies and articles are cited but made accessible.Occasionally some conclusions seemed a bit sweeping but all in all this book is bound to inspire and/or encourage anyone to read to children and even to continue reading as they get older. Even b My initial thoughts about this book: I know it's good to read to children. why do I need to read a book to tell me that again. Now however I am so glad I took the time to read this. For starters it is interesting, informative and engaging. Many reports, studies and articles are cited but made accessible.Occasionally some conclusions seemed a bit sweeping but all in all this book is bound to inspire and/or encourage anyone to read to children and even to continue reading as they get older. Even better, it is an excellent resource for finding appropriate books to read classified by the listening level of the child (children can listen to books that are too difficult for them to read so their listening level is always higher than their reading level). Highly recommended for every parent and teacher!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Read Harder 2017: Book about Books This is a fabulous book and reference. I found this updated edition especially helpful in the comments on digital learning (including eReaders, audiobooks, television, etc.). I loved that there is an entire chapter on The Print Climate in the Home, School, and Library. Listen to this quote which is absolute perfection to this self-confessed-unable-stop-buying-books-girl, "The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been measuring student performan Read Harder 2017: Book about Books This is a fabulous book and reference. I found this updated edition especially helpful in the comments on digital learning (including eReaders, audiobooks, television, etc.). I loved that there is an entire chapter on The Print Climate in the Home, School, and Library. Listen to this quote which is absolute perfection to this self-confessed-unable-stop-buying-books-girl, "The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has been measuring student performance in most major subjects since 1972. It has also been surveying students on the number of books in their homes, then drawing correlations to their scores in reading, math, science, civics, history, and writing. In every test subject, the more books in the home, the higher the score, often by as much as forty points." Clearly, I never need to feel guilty about how many books we own (and keep buying) again!! Yes!! I also cried (yes, really) when I read the end of Chapter 10 when Trelease describes the 9th grade teacher Mr. Schmidt who sent a note home to his parents about what a great student Trelease was in English. Trelease describes the profound impact this note had on his life, how he lost track of that teacher, but then later dedicated the first version of this book to Mr. Schmidt. (This is the 7th edition of this book, it was first published in 1979.) Mr. Schmidt told Trelease the dedication made his week, his month, and his 30 years of education. I then went and read the actual dedication, which is still present in this 7th edition, and I promptly cried some more. If you have children of any age, this is a must-read and must-own book! It's a quick and fascinating read of the first 170 pages, and then the rest of the book is recommendations for read-aloud books (including recommended ages/grades).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    While I've always known the general facts about the benefits of reading aloud and how accessibility to print in the home (and parents who model reading) leads to kids who love reading, much of the exact research was new and fascinating to me. Jim Trelease's writing style is very accessible (not overly academic) and he has lots of great practical tips, some of which were new to me. Plus, his lengthy list of read aloud recommendations (spanning from picture books to high school-level novels) is st While I've always known the general facts about the benefits of reading aloud and how accessibility to print in the home (and parents who model reading) leads to kids who love reading, much of the exact research was new and fascinating to me. Jim Trelease's writing style is very accessible (not overly academic) and he has lots of great practical tips, some of which were new to me. Plus, his lengthy list of read aloud recommendations (spanning from picture books to high school-level novels) is stellar.

  14. 5 out of 5

    J. Boo

    I have three loves: reading to myself, reading aloud to my children, and lists of things. Reading a book about reading aloud, which itself contained a list of further books to read, should have been up my alley. Spoiler! The Read-Aloud Handbook sure wasn't. Trelease starts with inspirational dubious correlation!=causation studies, anecdotes, and not very much in terms of useful advice for parents and teachers with reasonably normal instincts. I confess I started to skip swaths of the material. Fi I have three loves: reading to myself, reading aloud to my children, and lists of things. Reading a book about reading aloud, which itself contained a list of further books to read, should have been up my alley. Spoiler! The Read-Aloud Handbook sure wasn't. Trelease starts with inspirational dubious correlation!=causation studies, anecdotes, and not very much in terms of useful advice for parents and teachers with reasonably normal instincts. I confess I started to skip swaths of the material. Finally, it was time to settle in with his list of recommended books, each of which comes with a nice blurb and many of which say "if you like this, you might like..." It's not bad, as lists go, but it suffers from severe recency bias. About 90% first published between 1964 through 1980 (my edition was published 1982). As one can tell from my "read/to-read" lists here, I tend to cut a wider swath, therefore am suspicious of the recommendations of someone so glued to his own time. I did hope that his list would jog some memories -- I'm old enough that most of these would've still been on the bookshelves when I was growing up, but the books he lists which I remembered are ones I remembered, the ones I didn't, I don't. No sudden "oh, that must have been the title!" epiphanies. Maybe later editions of this book are improved (I'm reading the first ed, and the Handbook is up to seventh), but I'm not placing much stock in Trelease as a useful recommender.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allison Ruth

    I am already an avid reader and my kids, even at the young ages of 2.5 and 1 are already book lovers. So when I picked this book up I was less interested in his advice about reading and more interested in the treasury - the many pages of book lists in the second half of the book. However, I ended up reading the entire book and enjoying every page. I think this is an important book for both parents and educators to read - whether you consider yourself a "reader" or not. Trelease offers solid evid I am already an avid reader and my kids, even at the young ages of 2.5 and 1 are already book lovers. So when I picked this book up I was less interested in his advice about reading and more interested in the treasury - the many pages of book lists in the second half of the book. However, I ended up reading the entire book and enjoying every page. I think this is an important book for both parents and educators to read - whether you consider yourself a "reader" or not. Trelease offers solid evidence in support of reading aloud, to both kids and teens, and offers useful advice for creating a read-aloud habit in the family and classroom. The book also offers useful information for facilitating and encouraging good reading habits in children and teens, while still preserving the fun factor in reading. A favorite quote from the book: "We have time for what we value. The people who find the time to read to a child and to themselves yesterday had the same twenty-four hours as the person who had no time to read, but did watch their favorite team on TV or the afternoon soap they taped, did find the time to talk on the phone for thirty-five minutes, and did find the time to run over to the mall for an errand."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    A MUST for all parents of young children. The book consists of two major sections: The first half of the book stresses the importance of reading aloud (even after your children have learned to read on their own). It sites study after study of how reading aloud strongly influences almost every aspect of the child's academic life: vocab, grammar, awareness, IQ, etc. Never too young to start reading and certainly never too old to enjoy a good story together. Even simple baby books use words outside A MUST for all parents of young children. The book consists of two major sections: The first half of the book stresses the importance of reading aloud (even after your children have learned to read on their own). It sites study after study of how reading aloud strongly influences almost every aspect of the child's academic life: vocab, grammar, awareness, IQ, etc. Never too young to start reading and certainly never too old to enjoy a good story together. Even simple baby books use words outside the standard lexicon. Exposure gives children a huge advantage over those less fortunate. The second half of the book lists a treasury of fantastic read-alouds. Starting with picture books, moving to short and long novels. Also lists poetry and fables. The best part of the treasury is the reading comprehension age level suggestions. A reminder that kids can thrive listening to books well beyond their reading level. This book was updated in 2006. It lists current books (Harry Potter), oldies but goodies (Mike Mulligan), and little known treasures. To find out more about the author, a man who dedicates his life to promoting a love of reading for everyone. http://www.trelease-on-reading.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    At first, when this book was recommended to me I thought the books contents would be obvious, read aloud to your children. And it was! But it didn't tell me HOW to read out loud to my children, it told me WHY to read out loud to my children and also why I needed to be reading to myself too. Luckily, this has always been the case, but now I understand the importance of it. One thing that was brought out again and again was the importance of reading and going to the library. I grew up in a very poo At first, when this book was recommended to me I thought the books contents would be obvious, read aloud to your children. And it was! But it didn't tell me HOW to read out loud to my children, it told me WHY to read out loud to my children and also why I needed to be reading to myself too. Luckily, this has always been the case, but now I understand the importance of it. One thing that was brought out again and again was the importance of reading and going to the library. I grew up in a very poor home where we couldn't afford family vacations. My mother always felt bad about this so to make up for it she took us to the library every Tuesday afternoon in the summers. We read and hung out there for a few hours and then came home with our arms full of books. We also always had to wake up very early and get all our chores done for the day quickly. When we were done we were free to play with our friends, however, in most cases, all of my friends would just be getting out of bed and they would have to now do their own chores so I would go home to my stack of books and read and read until they could play. Now I understand what a gift my mother gave to me by taking me to the library and making us rise early giving me hours of undisturbed time to fall in love with books!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Do you have a child? Ever thinking of having a child? Know a child? Live in a community where children live? If so, I suggest you read this book. I got it from the library and now I think I might need to buy it. The first half is a lot of statistics and info on reading and literacy, many alarming, others inspiring. (Avg # of books in a Beverly Hills home? 199. In a Compton home? 2.7.) Loved the stories about individuals who helped provide books to libraries in communities that were lacking. And t Do you have a child? Ever thinking of having a child? Know a child? Live in a community where children live? If so, I suggest you read this book. I got it from the library and now I think I might need to buy it. The first half is a lot of statistics and info on reading and literacy, many alarming, others inspiring. (Avg # of books in a Beverly Hills home? 199. In a Compton home? 2.7.) Loved the stories about individuals who helped provide books to libraries in communities that were lacking. And the story about the alternative high school teacher who read aloud to his class and the student who thanked him for being the only person in his 19 years to read aloud to him? Yeah, made me cry. The second half contains list after list of every kind of book you could want to read to your children, at every age. That's the reason I'm thinking of buying it- there is enough material here to last many years of trips to the library. I've already requested many of them for the 3 year old. I generally think of myself as a person who is somewhat familiar with quality children's books, but many of the suggestions were new to me. Get ittttttt.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    I think I read an earlier edition of this book; no matter. I am wavering between four and five stars for this one. For its passion and relevance I will probably give it five. This book is OUTSTANDING. It's a perfect resource for teachers, librarians, booksellers, anyone who is interested in children's/YA literature. I picked it up with just an idle interest but once I read the first part of the book, I became a total zealot. The first part of the book is a PASSIONATE argument for the benefits of I think I read an earlier edition of this book; no matter. I am wavering between four and five stars for this one. For its passion and relevance I will probably give it five. This book is OUTSTANDING. It's a perfect resource for teachers, librarians, booksellers, anyone who is interested in children's/YA literature. I picked it up with just an idle interest but once I read the first part of the book, I became a total zealot. The first part of the book is a PASSIONATE argument for the benefits of reading out loud to children (AND teens), which leads to a passion for reading in general. If you don't think that's a very interesting argument, you should just sit down and read the book; you'll be converted. I read on a message board recently that a junior high teacher got in serious trouble from his principal because he was...gasp...reading OUT LOUD to his students. (Which is just one example of the ridiculous walls teachers run into again and again and...again.) Anyway. Any teacher or librarian or bookseller or any advocate for children/reading should absolutely read this book and memorize passages from it. A terrific resource on several levels.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This book consists of two sections: (1) 178 pages detailing Trelease's views of why and how we should read to our children, followed by (2) short descriptions of recommended books for reading aloud. I found the latter to be interesting and potentially useful, while the former was virtually unbearable. Despite having no apparent qualifications in children's literacy, the author is patronizing about why and how we should read to our children, focusing largely on improving their academic performanc This book consists of two sections: (1) 178 pages detailing Trelease's views of why and how we should read to our children, followed by (2) short descriptions of recommended books for reading aloud. I found the latter to be interesting and potentially useful, while the former was virtually unbearable. Despite having no apparent qualifications in children's literacy, the author is patronizing about why and how we should read to our children, focusing largely on improving their academic performance. While Trelease mentions other benefits of reading aloud, I think that he shortchanges the value of reading as a source of lifelong joy, a means of acquiring information and becoming exposed to the ideas of others, and the fun of the read-aloud experience between parent and child. I happened across another book, What to Read When by Pam Allyn, that left me much more excited about reading aloud than this better-known book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie Chatfield

    This is by far one of my most favorite books of all time. I never thought I'd be saying this, but it's true. I devoured it every time I picked it up. This will be my parenting bible until my two kids - now 8 and 5 - move out of the house. This book will be added to every baby shower gift I give from now on. The knowledge, research and case studies that the author, Jim Trelease, shares are incredibly thorough. I chose this book when my son started 'falling behind' in reading at school. I immediat This is by far one of my most favorite books of all time. I never thought I'd be saying this, but it's true. I devoured it every time I picked it up. This will be my parenting bible until my two kids - now 8 and 5 - move out of the house. This book will be added to every baby shower gift I give from now on. The knowledge, research and case studies that the author, Jim Trelease, shares are incredibly thorough. I chose this book when my son started 'falling behind' in reading at school. I immediately started using the tools in the book and reading the books from the treasury and there was instant improvement at home. In a matter of two weeks, we've gone from tears/fights/frustration to excitement, pride and wonder during my son's reading practices. We now have family reading hour every day and my kids only cry if it's time to put the books up. Love it!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    Excellent and inspiring! I thought I already understood the importance of reading aloud to children of all ages, but I am more convicted than ever! I went ahead and read all the book recommendations in the treasury even though I have younger kids, and I now have many books to look forward to sharing with my girls. I also have suggestions for families with older children, too. This book is wonderful. Go read to a kid today!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arlie

    This book had me in tears more than once. (Preaching to the choir.) A great book about reading to your kids - its importance and its pleasure.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alicea

    Every now and again when I receive new books to shelve, I come across one (or quite a few) that I pull aside to read for myself. That's how I stumbled upon today's book. The Read-Aloud Handbook (7th Edition) by Jim Trelease immediately caught my eye for no other reason than I'm a giant nerd for my profession. :-D The first half of the book is a discussion about the importance of reading and more specifically reading aloud to children from birth to...forever. This is not just Trelease's personal Every now and again when I receive new books to shelve, I come across one (or quite a few) that I pull aside to read for myself. That's how I stumbled upon today's book. The Read-Aloud Handbook (7th Edition) by Jim Trelease immediately caught my eye for no other reason than I'm a giant nerd for my profession. :-D The first half of the book is a discussion about the importance of reading and more specifically reading aloud to children from birth to...forever. This is not just Trelease's personal opinion but is backed up by extensive research and a plethora of data on the topic. However, it's not all technical jargon replete with charts and numbers. He uses examples from his own childhood which he describes as 'print rich' with a father who modeled reading habits as well as read to him on a regular basis. He was also fortunate to have a teacher that read aloud to the class each day. (This is a rarity in schools because of the rigorous standardized testing schedules and something I strongly contest.) He also received encouragement from a teacher who sent a note home to his parents praising his behavior and writing capability. (That really can make all the difference, folks!) Trelease also talks about the rearing of his children and their nightly routine of book reading. Perhaps the most compelling parts of this book are the firsthand narratives of the significance of reading aloud throughout childhood and the benefits gained from it. It is chock full of anecdotes from principals, teachers, parents, and librarians and how they did their part to guide the children in their lives to become lifelong learners and readers. I've used quite a few of the 'tips and tricks' that he discusses like using ebooks and audiobooks for visually impaired and illiterate parents in the workshops and one-on-one discussions I've had with parents in my community. (P.S. Wordless picture books are another great resource.) Whether you're a professional in the field of library sciences or education or simply trying to create a love of reading in your own children this is a must have. I bought a copy for myself before I'd even finished reading it! 10/10 Oh and did I mention that the second half contains a Treasury of books subdivided by reading comprehension, age group, genre, and best books for reading aloud? WHY AREN'T YOU READING THIS YET?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Originally I picked up Jim Trelease’s “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because I was searching for a “greatest hits” collection of books I wanted to reference for Dean’s at-home library. And I DEFINITELY hit a home run in that regards, as the last 100 pages of this book is a giant glossary of titles by age range that’s guiding me through creating “Dean’s Library” wishlist on Amazon. But what surprised me about this book was how much I learned from the chapters Trelease wrote before the glossary. Each i Originally I picked up Jim Trelease’s “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because I was searching for a “greatest hits” collection of books I wanted to reference for Dean’s at-home library. And I DEFINITELY hit a home run in that regards, as the last 100 pages of this book is a giant glossary of titles by age range that’s guiding me through creating “Dean’s Library” wishlist on Amazon. But what surprised me about this book was how much I learned from the chapters Trelease wrote before the glossary. Each is chock-fill of research and extraordinary insights that backs up the importance of reading aloud to children. It’s more important than work sheets, homework, book reports, and flash cards and high SAT scores have been linked to parents who read to their kids daily, even after they can read on their own. I CANNOT recommend this book enough, especially if you have children, are a teacher or librarian, and/or want to help kids become better readers. It’s a text I’ll be returning to again and again.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    As an avid reader since before I can remember, reading-aloud to our children has always been a priority and a large part of our family culture. I didn't think this book could possibly increase my desire to read-aloud to our children-but it did! I expected more of a laundry list of recommended read-alouds for children, separated by age; this was much more than that (although the reading list is included in the back of the book). Learning more about the impact of parents reading to their children, As an avid reader since before I can remember, reading-aloud to our children has always been a priority and a large part of our family culture. I didn't think this book could possibly increase my desire to read-aloud to our children-but it did! I expected more of a laundry list of recommended read-alouds for children, separated by age; this was much more than that (although the reading list is included in the back of the book). Learning more about the impact of parents reading to their children, and about the millions of children who are never read to--makes me want to set up an after-school cookies-and-read-aloud hour in my front yard for all the kids who walk past my house on their way home from school. Not only does reading aloud to a child improve her vocabulary/grammar/comprehension, it also increases her desire-and ability-to read on her own. So many benefits to this underrated activity!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Mcclain

    I picked up this book to be wowed with overwhelming evidence that I should be reading more to my kids. And boy did I get! In the three weeks or so that I have been reading this book, I started reading more to my kids. Now it's like a runaway train!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This book contained some great information and helpful tips, but was a bit dry to read. (The title does call it a handbook, so I probably shouldn’t be surprise.) Nevertheless, it did inspire me to read more to the kids and I found the study that subtitles improve reading to be very interesting.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane Scholey

    Still relevant today. A great book to support teachers with their understanding of the impact reading aloud has on chn of all ages.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kirstin

    Should be a required read for all parents. Encouraging, inspiring and educating.

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