Parent Resources: The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

This month I plan to post resources to help parents as they try to raise a reader.  Perhaps through the resources I share, you’ll find something to help you engage your child in reading over the summer (and beyond!).

Many of you may be familiar withThe Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition by Jim Trelease.  It has been in publication for over 30 years. It was, in fact, one of the first books recommended to me when I began teaching almost thirteen years ago.  The information in it is timeless and I still refer to this book when I am in need of solid research related to reading aloud, or to help me as I parent my two children.  I have begun to give it as a gift to friends who have new babies.  If it were up to me, every new parent would leave the hospital with a copy in their hands.

In his sixth edition (2006), Trelease:

  • Explains how reading aloud awakens children’s imaginations and improves their language skills
  • Shows how to begin reading aloud and which books to choose
  • Suggests ways to create reader-friendly homes, classrooms, and library environments
  • Gives tips on luring children away from the television
  • Shows how to integrate silent reading with read-aloud sessions
  • Shares valuable lessons from Oprah’s Book Club, the Harry Potter books, and the Internet
  • Includes a brand-new chapter of stories and testimonials from parents and teachers
  • Offers an up-to-date treasury of 1,000 books that are great for reading aloud – from picture books to novels – and highlights some of Trelease’s favorites by theme: friendship, sports, dogs, fairy-tale parodies, and more.

This book is a treasure and must read for all parents who want to engage their children in reading.  And if this isn’t enough, Jim Trelease also has his own website where he continues to share information on reading aloud for parents, educators, librarians – really anyone who wants a child to make books into friends, not enemies.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Rights Reserved.  All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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9 Responses to “Parent Resources: The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease”

  1. Terry Doherty Says:

    What a great idea, Dawn … and perfect timing when we actually have more time to read aloud with our kids!

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  3. Susan Maguire Says:

    Thanks for your website and all of the valuable information you share. I love this book for parents and myself as a blog writer on literacy; it is a great resource. One of the local towns nearby gives this book to all parents of Kindergarteners when school begins.
    I will enjoy stopping back.
    Susan Maguire
    togethertime4families@yahoo.com
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    • Links to Literacy Says:

      Thank you Susan! I’m glad you find my website and information valuable! I LOVE that a local town gives The Read Aloud Handbook to all kindergarten parents! What a fantastic resource!

  4. Parent Reading Resources: Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox « Literacy Toolbox Says:

    […] While Fox does include a chapter on how to read aloud, which may be helpful to some parents, she does not include age-appropriate reading lists for parents.  For this reason alone, I would likely pair Reading Magic with Jim Trelease’s, The Read Aloud Handbook. […]

  5. Julie Niles Petersen Says:

    I agree with Terry – it is a great idea and great timing. I am a huge fan of Jim Trelease’s work and definitely recommend this book to parents. I also had the wonderful opportunity of hearing him speak in person on two occasions thanks to different PTA organizations–he is so motivational and really connects well with parents and teachers alike. He shares such pertinent information.

    I have seen several recommendations for Mem Fox’s book and hope to read that one eventually. I love her children’s books. 🙂

  6. Parent Reading Resources: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell « Literacy Toolbox Says:

    […] an indispensable resource for all parents who want to engage their children in reading.  And like Jim Trelease before her, Codell also has her own website where she continues to share information on reading […]

  7. Reading Resources: Reading Magic by Mem Fox | Big Universe Blog Says:

    […] While Fox does include a chapter on how to read aloud, which may be helpful to some parents, she does not include age-appropriate reading lists for parents.  For this reason alone, I would likely pair Reading Magic with Jim Trelease’s, The Read Aloud Handbook. […]

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    […] an indispensible resource for all parents who want to engage their children in reading.  And like Jim Trelease before her, Codell also has her own website where she continues to share information on reading for […]

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