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The Read Aloud Handbook

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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 Highbridge Audio (first published September 30th 1982)
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Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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 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
Aug 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
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
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: professional
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
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tyler by:
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
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Holyn
Shelves: 2017-read-harder
Read Harder 2017: Book about Books

This 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
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 ...more
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, 2009
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
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Do you have a child? Ever thinking of having a child? Know a child? Live in a community where children live? If so, I suggest you read this book. I got it from the library and now I think I might need to buy it.

The first half is a lot of statistics and info on reading and literacy, many alarming, others inspiring. (Avg # of books in a Beverly Hills home? 199. In a Compton home? 2.7.)

Loved the stories about individuals who helped provide books to libraries in communities that were lacking. And t
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and inspiring! I thought I already understood the importance of reading aloud to children of all ages, but I am more convicted than ever! I went ahead and read all the book recommendations in the treasury even though I have younger kids, and I now have many books to look forward to sharing with my girls. I also have suggestions for families with older children, too. This book is wonderful. Go read to a kid today!
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book had me in tears more than once. (Preaching to the choir.) A great book about reading to your kids - its importance and its pleasure.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally I picked up Jim Trelease’s “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because I was searching for a “greatest hits” collection of books I wanted to reference for Dean’s at-home library. And I DEFINITELY hit a home run in that regards, as the last 100 pages of this book is a giant glossary of titles by age range that’s guiding me through creating “Dean’s Library” wishlist on Amazon.

But what surprised me about this book was how much I learned from the chapters Trelease wrote before the glossary. Each i
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an avid reader since before I can remember, reading-aloud to our children has always been a priority and a large part of our family culture. I didn't think this book could possibly increase my desire to read-aloud to our children-but it did! I expected more of a laundry list of recommended read-alouds for children, separated by age; this was much more than that (although the reading list is included in the back of the book).

Learning more about the impact of parents reading to their children,
Kaitlin VanNahmen
This book is an amazing resource! Not to mention chalk full of research backed practical tips on how to help your child learn to love reading, why it is so important (reading for leisure is one of the top indicators of an individuals future success in life), and then to boot this book has a treasury of suggested books. A great read for parents and educators alike!
Katie Chatfield
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far one of my most favorite books of all time. I never thought I'd be saying this, but it's true. I devoured it every time I picked it up. This will be my parenting bible until my two kids - now 8 and 5 - move out of the house. This book will be added to every baby shower gift I give from now on. The knowledge, research and case studies that the author, Jim Trelease, shares are incredibly thorough. I chose this book when my son started 'falling behind' in reading at school. I immediat ...more
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Readers Advisory/Reference
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
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bea Elwood
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-stuff
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
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
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
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2012 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
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really, really liked the overall message about the importance of reading aloud to your children and creating positive reading experiences for your child so that they have positive associations with reading. However I feel like the book was very repetitive and as it progressed I felt like the author's tone became a little condescending and superior. I was also bothered by the weak correlations drawn by the author from the research cited throughout the book ...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.” 14 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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