The Read Aloud Handbook: 4th Edition
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The Read Aloud Handbook: 4th Edition

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Every child can become an avid reader, and this beloved, classic guide - now in its fourth edition, with an up-to-date treasury of more than 1,200 children's books, from picture books to novels, that are great for reading aloud - will show you how to make it happen. Jim Trelease explains:
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Published August 1st 1995 by Penguin-HighBridge (first published September 30th 1982)
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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.
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...more
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...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...more
Feb 26, 2008 Tyler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another 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 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
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
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...more
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...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...more
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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...more
Sep 04, 2012 Megan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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
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...more
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.
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."
Beth Anne
This book is packed with lots of great information about reading aloud to kids of all ages. I didn't like this one as much as Honey For A child's Heart, mostly because it was more about statistics instead of truly loving to read. But a lot of good things to think about in here too!

Also, the second half is a great annotated list of recommended books sorted by age. Many different books than included in HCACH, with different details.
Informative, helpful and interesting. I'm definitely getting a copy. I'm being frustrated by goodreads right now. I own two copies of this book, a seventh edition and a first edition. They are almost completely different books. I've also read the sixth edition. Each of them is completely different. So right now, I'm currently reading the seventh edition, but I can't make a seperate entry for that.
Dana Pressnell
I read this book 25 years ago, and highlighted almost every word in the book. This book and The Book Whisperer break reading problems down in epic simple terms. I honestly believe these 2 books, when implemented, would return huge dividends among students and education in America. Go read it!! Half the book is suggested book title recommendations for those needing guidance, and the first half of the book is a quick read about the importance of reading. You will want to grab a megaphone and start...more
I've read a previous edition of this book, and I absolutely love this updated 7th edition! I stand by my earlier comment on this book, "this is a MUST read for every parent"!! I'll even go as far to say that if you have children within earshot of you at any given point during the day, you need to read this book!!
loved this information on how to make your child a better reader plus how to utilize tools like close captioning on your tv, the internet and books on cd. plus, the entire second half of the book is all recommendations divided into categories and age groups. this is probably a book i would like to own!
I LOVED this book--it really inspired me. It is full of interesting stories and examples as well as practical advice about reading to children and how to make positive changes in our families, schools, and communities with regards to literacy and creating a generation of book lovers.
Deborah S.
He's done an amazing job with this edition, especially regarding the effects of screens and online reading in general. Highly recommended for parents, teachers and any adult concerned with the state of children's education.
Lacy Thomas
highly highly recommend this book, to everybody, but especially parents, grandparents, educators, education administration, and most especially, education law makers.
This is a terrific guidebook for parents who want to share excellent books with their children - from toddlers to adolescents.
This is a great book about the importance of reading to children. It gives sound stats, and great advice for parents.
This book was a game-changer for me in parenting. I read with my son a lot before I read this book, but now I read to him more with more purpose. Trelease makes a strong case that one of the most critical things you can do for your child is to read with them. And the "with" part is really important. I think all the research he cites is interesting considering how, as a society, we continually are moving away from reading and are more focused on digital media. This really opened my eyes and I wou...more
Every parent should read this book, period!
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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.” 8 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.” 6 likes
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