Parent Reading Resources: Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox

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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6 Responses to “Parent Reading Resources: Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox”

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  2. Michelle Breum Says:

    Thanks for sharing these resources. I have a link to your blog on the sidebar of mine. Here’s a link to a collection of books parents shared in a forum discussion. http://beginningreadinghelp.blogspot.com/2010/06/what-books-do-children-like-read-to.html

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  3. Susan Maguire Says:

    I have used Mem Fox’s book when I talk to parent groups. She is a natural and her book is an easy read with wonderful insights to reading and children Great recommendations, Along with the Jim trelaease book! I have a link at my sight for The Literacy Tookbox. Sharing blogs and their information is a plus for all readers to expant knowledge and ideas! Thanks for your site 🙂
    Susan
    togethertime4families@yahoo.com
    http://www.togethertime4families.com

  4. Elizabeth A. Triano Says:

    I still read aloud, as much as possible, to my 12-year-old son. He doesn’t like to read on his own, and is diagnosed ADHD but is doing not too badly in school. He enjoys being read to however. It is getting more challenging to find books that read gracefully off the tongue, and are appealing to both of us, and can be followed even if we miss a few days now and then (as we usually do).

    I would like to add that there was a newspaper article a while back about some special ed folks who put on a dramatic production in our area. I forget what kind of group (adults or youth, autism spectrum or diverse group) but one of the pieces was called “Read Aloud to Me” or something like that. I would like to find out more about the piece, and about the thoughts of being read to, from the point of view of someone who does not like to read or who struggles to read.

  5. KayWinters Says:

    I learned to read in exactly that way. My parents read aloud to me every day, and when I was four , suddenly I knew what the words said in the Sluggo and Nancy comics I was looking at. The week before I didn’t know. This week I did.
    My daughter learned to read in exactly the same way when she was four. And I think it’s really important to keep reading out loud even when kids CAN read themselves, right up through 12 years old. Much less reading aloud is going on in schools these days because of the dreaded testing, so parents really need to pick up the slack.

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