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The Read-Aloud Handbook | Paradise Found

The Read-Aloud Handbook

Jen Robinson recently had the opportunity to listen to Jim Trelease, the author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, speak on the importance of reading for children. She has kindly shared her notes from the evening for those of us not in attendance. I’ll include a couple of the highlights (for me) here, but it’s worth a click over to Jen’s site to read the entire post.

“Jim expressed his opinion that it’s a much bigger problem than the school systems can or should have to handle, especially given the size of the deficit in words once the kids start school. He also discussed globalization, and the fact that American kids are going to have to compete not just with other American kids but with kids from all over the world.”

“In reading aloud to six and seven year olds, he cautioned parents not to insult their children by reading aloud from simple picture books that the kids could read themselves.”

“He advocated getting kids the three B’s: books, book baskets, and a bed lamp.”

So, since we’re talking about read alouds, what’s your family’s favorite all time read-aloud (can you pick just one?).


  1. by Jen Robinson, on January 20 2007 @ 3:44 pm


    Thanks so much for the write-up and referral! It was a really great talk (as you can tell from my gushing).

    Not having kids, I don’t do much read-aloud in my house. But I had a good time reading “How to Eat Fried Worms” to a young friend a few months back.

    I’ll check back to see what other people have to say.

  2. by Tim Walker, on January 21 2007 @ 7:48 am


    I’m not sure if this is the very tippy-top #1 all-time fave, but a perennial read-aloud winner in our house is ~In the Night Kitchen~ by Maurice Sendak. Both of my kids actually call this book “Mickey in the Night Kitchen”. Anyway, it never gets old!

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