The Read-Aloud Handbook



The Read-Aloud Handbook A New York Times And Million Copy Bestseller, The Classic Handbook On Reading Aloud To Children Revised And UpdatedRecommended 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

10 thoughts on “The Read-Aloud Handbook

  1. says:

    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

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    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.

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    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 bitinterested 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 bitinterested 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 willthan 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

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    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 levelExcuse me You ve established an idea in my mind What arrogance

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    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

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    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

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    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 onwithin 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 onwithin 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 Evenimpressive 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

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    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

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    Read Harder 2017 Book about BooksThis 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 BooksThis 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, thebooks 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 someIf 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

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    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

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