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The Read-Aloud Handbook

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  3,716 ratings  ·  708 reviews
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 i
Paperback, Sixth Edition, 432 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published September 30th 1982)
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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 bit more interested in reading about different ideas as they pertain to raising
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.
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
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' ...more
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 Some of the information is really inspiring and some of it just fell flat for me. For one thing, the writing and reasonin
Feb 26, 2008 Tyler rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 on 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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 first half of The Read Aloud Handbook lays out facts and figures as well as anecdotes that clearly show the many benefits children reap from being read aloud to, from a fetal age to well after they're capable of reading to themselves.

Most of this feels like common sense to a book lover but many things in life are common sense, that doesn't mean we necessarily take the time to think about them. For example, it makes sense to me that children still benefit from being read to even once they can
Katie Ziegler
I absolutely LOVED reading The Read-Aloud Handbook. I already knew I wanted to read aloud to Fox, but this affirmed just how crucially important it is. Reading, in every sense (being read to, reading aloud, reading silently), is one of the greatest indicators for success in school (across subjects). Reading develops vocabulary, enriches context, offers children (and adults) the chance to experience things they can't in their own life, it builds empathy and allows us to enter into someone else's ...more
I loved this book. Pretty much it confirmed to me, with statistics, something I already believed earnestly in - Reading, and reading out loud. A teacher of mine used to always say "You should stop reading to your children when they leave the house." Of course she is trying to stress the opposite, if your children live at home: Read Out Loud To Them!

The book shows that not only reading, but listening to a loving parent read aloud, is the single most important thing to help children be successful
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For parents, teachers & librarians

Half pep-talk and half readers advisory, this handbook discusses the whys and hows of reading aloud to children and offers heavily annotated read-aloud lists organized by category.

Peppered with anecdotes as well as reading research translated into everyday English, this handbook can be read straight through or picked up at random. In the first half, chapters cover topics like "Why Read Aloud," silent reading, dos and don'ts, and "Le
This book has been on my radar for awhile and I'm glad I made the time to read it. Parents always speculate on the "magic bullet" to make their kids smart and successful. Reading to your children is as close as it gets! Reading expands vocabulary, introduces new subjects and allows for quality time with your children. I appreciated the authors viewpoint on testing when it comes to reading. He advocates making reading enjoyable for its own sake, not to pass a test.

While reading this book I was r
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 ...more
Bridgette C.
I reread this book every year or so because I absolutely love and enjoy it. It is such a vital work for both parents and teachers and anyone else interested in creating readers of all children. Fabulous book!

I wish I could send copies to every school administrator and every politician so they could see the err of their ways when it comes to education. Trelease has it right.
Sep 04, 2012 Megan marked it as to-read
My first introduction to this book was when the family I nannied for was given this book when their children started kindergarten. I knew if the teachers at their private school were giving it to all the parents, then it was a book to keep in the back of my head for the future. I skimmed through the chapters that are appropriate for B's age and took note of some really good tips:

-Always read the author's and illustrator's names.
-Paud during predictable parts and see if the child remembers what c
I just started this today - about 60 pages in and I LOVE IT! So inspiring and it provides so many answers to America's education woes. If you are a parent, teacher, aunt, uncle, grandparent or someone who cares about children or education, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!

Trelease is confirming with lots of stats and anecdotes what I've always believed about the power of reading aloud to children. And not just young children - this is applicable for teens and adults too.

I think this will be my new baby
Kimberly Smith
Excellent book. Every parent should read it! I am a firm believer that children should be read to. I was fortunate to have a mother who read to me, and I've done the same with my own children, and it's made a world of difference in their lives. They're all incredible readers!
Katelyn Smith
LOVED this book. It felt like I was reading my thoughts sometimes--I've always believed that reading is one of the single most important things we can do for our children & students. Highly recommend to EVERYONE.
Lynn Harpham
This book makes a wonderful gift upon the birth of a child. The author believes fervently that parents should continue to read to their children long after the children can read themselves -a time when many parents stop the practice. In his own family, Jim Trelease and his wife maintained this until their children moved away as young adults, and have wonderful memories of this precious family time. In this book, Trelease does a terrific job of cataloguing books by age, by subject matter, etc. He ...more
Paul Smolen
The title of todays book, The Read Aloud Handbook : sounds really dull doesn’t it? But I am here to assure you that this book is anything by dull. It was written back in the 70’s and yet it is still survives and thrives, now in it’s 6th edition. The content is as relevant today as it was the day it was written.

I actually started my journey to Jim Trelease’s Handbook by accident. His was not the original book that I set out to review. I was scanning around on Amazon for interesting titles, the wa
I think I have read parts of this book before, or at least it seemed like many of the things Trelease talks about are things that I have heard...That you should read to your children, and that you should limit their t.v. viewing time, etc...all things that our mothers or pediatricians have told us. What I found compelling were all of his statistics and studies about the short and long term benefits of reading out loud to your children. One of the chapters talks about how your child's "listening ...more
Bea Bolinger
I want to say first of all I don't think Stuart Little is a three inch boy who happens to look like a mouse, admittedly I am going to go check it out from the library here in a minute to reread it but Trelease makes this claim a few times in this guide to reading aloud to children/ teens.

I believe the premise of this book (that we should be reading aloud to children from the earliest possible moment and throughout their life, they are never too young or too old, and it's never too late to start
I think all parents should read this book. It took me a while to finish it, but it was definitely worth it. It was sort of a kick-in-the-pants for me. Trelease emphasizes the importance of reading aloud to kids of all ages and backs his claims up well. One thing I'm guilty of is letting Ada watch too much TV. The main thing I got out of this book is that if parents want their kids to be healthy and succeed, they need to put forth the effort to do what's best for them.
Mindy Meyers
Awesome book! Great stories and stats and research backing up the importance of reading aloud to your children, and to students in classrooms, to "advertise" the pleasure of reading and ignite a love of reading for them. Gotta read this latest edition too, which contains current research on the impact of tv and electronic devices. Contains a great huge list of great books to help know which books to choose to read to your kids. Everyone should read this book!
The reading list at the end of the book had good suggestions but, to get there, you had to read through all the political bashing by the author. I guess he thinks Christians and Republicans don't read to their kids. So NOT true. Instead of being a positive voice on reading, the author used the book as a soap box to bash conservatives. Not what I expected. The author was arrogant, insulting and rude. I'd rather read "Honey for a Child's Heart."
If I could, I'd give the first half of the book (the anecdote and research part) 3 stars, and the list of read-aloud books 5 stars. I'm not exactly sure what I expected from a read-aloud handbook -- tips on how to make reading aloud more dramatic, maybe, or how to do different voices? But it seemed to me that most of the stuff that's covered in the first half of the book is "common knowledge," or at least is mentioned pretty frequently in parenting articles nowadays. For example, the author seem ...more
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“The more you read, the better you get, the more better you get, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.” 11 likes
“This is not a book about teaching a child how to read; it's about teaching a child to want to read. There's an education adage that goes, "What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn." The fact is that some children learn to read sooner than others, while some learn better than others. There is a difference. For the parent who thinks that sooner is better, who has an eighteen-month-old child barking at flash cards, my response is: sooner is not better. Are the dinner guests who arrive an hour early better guests than those who arrive on time? Of course not.” 7 likes
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