Creating Bookworms: The Read Aloud

As a new school year begins for most students, I believe it’s a good time to renew our commitment to our children.  This includes ways to include daily literacy activities for our youngest children.  This month on Literacy Toolbox, I will share ways parents and educators can work to create their own little bookworms.

Two decades ago in Becoming a Nation of Readers (Anderson, Hiebert, Scott, & Wilkinson, 1985) reading aloud was called “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading” (p. 23).  I’ve written about read alouds before and I’ll continue to write about them because I believe that they are so important in our children’s daily literacy life.  Children absorb everything we say and do.  How many times have you heard something come out of your child’s mouth that sounds just like you?  Reading can have the same effect.  If our children see us read or hear us read, they will want to be just like us!  Reading aloud to our children goes a long way to creating little bookworms!

Chances are, if you are reading this, you already know the importance of reading aloud and probably do so every day.  I will simply provide you with a few resources to help you along the way:

The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition by Jim Trelease

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

What Should I Read Aloud? A Guide to 200 Best-selling Picture Books by Nancy Anderson

What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child–and All the Best Times to Read Them by Pam Allyn

Do you have any “go-to” resources to create bookworms out of your children?

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7 Responses to “Creating Bookworms: The Read Aloud”

  1. Terry Doherty Says:

    Dawn, Have you seen What to Read and When? IPam Allyn) I just picked it up and have thumbed through it … sort of reminds me of Jim Trelease. I’d be curious to know what you think

    • Links to Literacy Says:

      I do have a copy of What to Read and When, Terry. It is reminiscent of The Read Aloud Handbook. I think What to Read and When is a nice compliment to Jim Trelease’s book. I particularly like the options given within the 50 themes.

  2. Susan Dyer Says:

    I don’t have any resources to share, but I can see first hand the benefits of reading out loud to and with your children. We had parent teacher conferences yesterday for my 1st and 2nd grader. Testing revealed they are both reading in the 99 percentile for their ages. We have read to them almost every night since they were born, and they see us reading…I read more books, but they see my husband reading magazines and the daily newspaper every morning. I really makes a difference!

  3. Lorna d'Entremont Says:

    Reading has always been a part of my life. First as a child my parents read to us, the 6 of us. Then we did the same with our 3 children and I am proud to say that our 5 grandchildren’s are being read to also. I remember my younger sister telling me one of the worst days of her life was when she realized she would never be able to read all the French and English books being published. Lorna d’Entremont

  4. Librareanne Says:

    I have a Reading Matters netvibe that I use with parents to inform and encourage them on the importance of reading aloud and sharing books with their children. There are lots of links, including the ones you mention above.

  5. saara Says:


    Thanks for sharing these resource books. I know about the first two books. The other two look interesting.

    I also find “Read to Me: Raising Kids Who love to Read” by Bernice Cullinan to be a good, quick read especially for parents. I like that there are several chapters dedicated to how a child’s ability to read and write develop from birth to age twelve. Lots of great tips for parents and has a book list of recommended books.

    I love “How to Get Your Child to Love Reading” by Esme Raji Codell. It has lots of great ideas for use in the classroom. But parents and even librarians can find a lot in it that they can use to get kids interested in and loving to read.

    Like Susan above, I read aloud to my son from birth. That, as well as surrounding him with books (almost every room in the house has books) and being a good reading ‘role models’, have helped my son become a reader (didn’t need to teach him) and to enjoy reading.

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