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Why You Should Read Aloud to Your Child

Here’s a fact. Reading aloud to your child is the single most important activity to ensure that he is not only ready to read when he goes to school, but interested in books, learning, and reading for the rest of his life.

Reading aloud instills the desire children need for them to be interested in books and learning. Children are not born with desire. We must instill it in them. The more parents read to their children, the better readers children become. And like anything, the better you get at it, the more you like it. The more you like it, the more you do it. But none of this occurs without an adult planting the seed of desire, and that cannot be accomplished without reading aloud.

When you read aloud to your young child, you inspire him, arouse his curiosity, entertain him, reassure him, and share with him of the wonders of life, the universality of the human condition. You’re saying you value books. You’re saying you want to spend time with him. Children in our culture are starving for quality time with their parents, and the daily routine of sharing picture books is the perfect opportunity for just that.

Reading aloud offers children a glimpse at richly textured lives beyond their own experience. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats introduces the happy experience of waking up to find snow piled high outside your window. Through lovely text and astonishing photographs, The Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley introduces children to the rainforest, and a night in the life of the red-eyed tree frog.

Year after year, studies show that young children who hear thousands of picture books before they go to school usually learn to read more easily when they enter first grade.

High quality picture books introduce your child to the world, helping him prepare for school and for life.

Read to your young child for at least 20 minutes every day: before bedtime, after nap-time, during meals. Surround your child with books. Take a book wherever you go. Visit the Richland Library, and let our team of experts pick out the best books for your child. Read to your child today.


Leslie T. Says: Leslie's pick for the best resource on early literacy
Amazon Says: The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, mill more...
Amazon Says: The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children—revised and updated 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. It has also been a staple in schools of education for new teachers. This updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook 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 (including the good and bad news on digital learning), The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers. less...
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Leslie T. Says: Great book to get parents passionate about reading to their children
Amazon Says: The must-have guide to reading with children, now in a new and revised edition   Best-selling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox r more...
Amazon Says: The must-have guide to reading with children, now in a new and revised edition   Best-selling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read. With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance on defining and choosing good books, and—for this new edition—includes two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of "Twenty Books That Children Love." Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a turn-to classic for educators and parents. less...
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Leslie T. Says: Another great resource
Amazon Says: Are children reading enough? Not according to most parents and teachers, who know that reading aloud with children fosters a lifelong love of books, ensures better standardiz more...
Amazon Says: Are children reading enough? Not according to most parents and teachers, who know that reading aloud with children fosters a lifelong love of books, ensures better standardized test scores, promotes greater success in school, and helps instill the values we most want to pass on. Esmé Raji Codell--an inspiring children's literature specialist and an energetic teacher--has the solution. She's turned her years of experience with children, parents, librarians, and fellow educators into a great big indispensable volume designed to help parents get their kids excited about reading. Here are hundreds of easy and inventive ideas, innovative projects, creative activities, and inspiring suggestions that have been shared, tried, and proven with children from birth through eighth grade. This five-hundred-page volume is brimming with themes for superlative storytimes and book-based birthday parties, ideas for mad-scientist experiments and half-pint cooking adventures, stories for reluctant readers and book groups for boys, step-by-step instructions for book parades, book-related crafts, storytelling festivals, literature-based radio broadcasts, readers' theater, and more. There are book lists galore, with subject-driven reading recommendations for science, math, cooking, nature, adventure, music, weather, gardening, sports, mythology, poetry, history, biography, fiction, and fairy tales. Codell's creative thinking and infectious enthusiasm will empower even the busiest parents and children to include literature in their lives. less...
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Leslie T. Says: An almanac of books to read - one per day
Amazon Says: Part fun- and information-filled almanac, part good book guide, the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac is a new way to discover a great children's book--every day of the year!This more...
Amazon Says: Part fun- and information-filled almanac, part good book guide, the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac is a new way to discover a great children's book--every day of the year!This fresh, inventive reference book is a dynamic way to showcase the gems, both new and old, of children's literature. Each page features an event of the day, a children's book that relates to that event, and a list of other events that took place on that day. Always informative and often surprising, celebrate a year of literature for children with The Children's Book-a-Day Almanac. less...
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