The Read Aloud Handbook

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A book review of The Read Aloud Handbook: Eighth Edition by Jim Trelease

A book review of The Read Aloud Handbook: Eighth Edition by Jim Trelease

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Penguin Books (2019)
Reading Skills Reference
384 pages

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Summary: The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children–revised and updated for a new generation of readers

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. Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook, updated and revised by education specialist Cyndi Giorgis, 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, an updated treasury of book recommendations curated with an eye for diversity, Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children of all backgrounds and abilities discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.

The Read Aloud Handbook

This was an amazing book. I’ve always wanted to read aloud to my kids but wasn’t sure what to read or how to get them to listen. I didn’t realize that my kids would enjoy it so much they’d beg me to read more.

I also didn’t think I needed to read a book about reading aloud. I thought, how can a book about a simple topic be so long? What could there possibly be to discuss? I was wrong. The book doesn’t just go over the reasons to read aloud to your children. It also discusses the HOW and tips for certain circumstances.

The chapters are:

  • Why Read Aloud
  • When to Begin (and End) Read-Aloud
  • The Stages of Read-Aloud
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Read-Aloud
  • Sustained Silent Reading
  • The Print Climate in the Home
  • Digital Learning: Good News and Bad
  • Television and Audio
  • Dad – what’s the Score?
  • A Hyper Kid’s Read to Reading

As you can see the book covers a lot. The Print Climate in the Home has to do with making your home a reading friendly place. This will encourage reading. Digital Learning has to do with the good and bad of ebooks and digital services that read to kids. The Dad chapter talks about how Dad can help encourage reading.


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