ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Teacher Feature: The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Teacher Feature: The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

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First, I want to say “Thank You” to Katie and Katie for inviting me to write a review of The Read Aloud Handbook. I am delighted to share this information and be a guest on your outstanding blog. You provide parents with many valuable ideas that promote healthy living and learning. I admire you both!

Now onto The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease……

This is a powerful and treasured handbook that explains the importance and benefits of reading aloud to children beginning in infancy through middle school. Jim Trelease states, “This is not a book about raising precocious children. It’s about raising children in love with print who want to keep on reading long after they graduate.” It was first printed in 1979 and recently revised and updated for the 2006 edition. This is a testimony to its' value - 30 years in print and still in demand!

It has 2 major sections. In the first section, there are chapters to guide you as you Read Aloud with your child. Some of the chapters are: Why Read Aloud? When to begin? The Stages of Read Aloud, Testimonials, and the Do’s and Don’ts of Read Alouds. Within the chapters you will find compelling information that motivates you to read daily with your child. The research and studies he sites correlates early exposure to books and later success in school and life. Jim Trelease suggests practical ideas to use daily to enhance your child’s vocabulary, comprehension, enjoyment and promote a positive attitude towards reading.

The second section is a “Treasury of Read-Alouds.” And that is what most people call it – a Treasure Find of the best Read Alouds! The list takes the guesswork out of finding them on your own. There is a short synopsis of the book to help you make your selections. It is a list of read-aloud picture books to novels. The books in this list indicate a “listening level” rather than a reading level because children can listen to a book and comprehend it at a higher level than their reading level. This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but instead a starter list and time saver for you.

Make sure you put this on your reading list and maybe it is a good gift idea for the upcoming holidays!
Susan Maguire



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