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!).
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever is another **must have** resource for parents. Mem Fox, a renowned Australian author, begins the book with an anecdote about her own daughter. When her daughter begins kindergarten, she learns from her teacher that she can in fact already read. “How?” asks Fox. The answer: from the time she was born until she set foot in kindergarten, Fox read aloud to her. That was all it took. This is a powerful anecdote to say the least; but one that I hold personally true, because my son began kindergarten the same way. Of course, this is not to say that if you read aloud to your child every day from the time they are born until they step foot in kindergarten that they will be reading by kindergarten. All children learn differently and learning to read is developmental. Reading aloud to your child provides an amazing advantage for your child and certainly prepares him/her to become a reader. Don’t be discouraged if your child begins kindergarten and is not a reader yet. It will come in time.
In Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, Fox explains that babies are born learners. She discusses the importance of books in the home and stresses the value of a read-aloud ritual – all topics you’ve likely seen in posts here!
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.
Still, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever is another great resource that will serve parents well as they work to raise readers in their home.
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