The Read-aloud Handbook

The Read-aloud Handbook

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"The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children-revised and updated Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. It has also been a staple in schools of education for new teachers. This updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including the good and bad news on digital learning), The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013.
Edition: 7th ed.
ISBN: 9780143121602
Branch Call Number: 372.452 TRE
Characteristics: xxix, 351 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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IndyPL_SarahB Oct 23, 2018

I read this book many years ago. It changed the way we raised our children and it changed the way I talked with kids and parents when I was a school librarian. I've recommended it to many people, and think it should be mandatory reading for anyone who works in a school.

Jim Trelease also has a full to overflowing website:

Feb 13, 2015

"...a potentially powerful leveler of family wealth and class may be as simple as engaging in picture-book reading with babies." (From a letter to the editor, The New Yorker, Feb. 2, 2015)
I used this a lot to find good books to read to our home-schooled children. Trelease helped me find Carl Sandburg's The Rootabaga Stories, and turned me on to Daniel Pinkwater, among other wonderful books. His list of good read-aloud books includes the appropriate age level, which is very helpful.


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