The Read-Aloud Handbook

Effective early childhood development is an essential component in raising successful kids, and teaching young children to love reading is a great way to start. Get practical suggestions to help you integrate reading into a young child’s life.

358 pages. ©2019.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted April 21, 2022


This book is full of wonderful information and should be read by every parent.


Review posted February 24, 2022


A book every parent and teacher should read.


Review posted February 20, 2022


As a preschool teacher who reads out loud daily, this book was such a blessing!!!! I read it in less than a week whenever I had some free time because it's juts that good and informational!! Whether you're a teacher, a librarian, or a parent/guardian who reads out loud to a child on a regular basis, this book is great for you!


Review posted February 18, 2022


A great tool for teaching your child to LOVE readying. The idea of the book is to grow lifetime readers by making reading as fun and as attractive as possible. A great tool to have on your bookshelf.


Review posted February 17, 2022


It's a good introduction book on how to do read-alouds at home or in the classroom. It's not just a directory of books that are good for read-alouds, but it also discuss the philosophy behind the activity and the benefits that the practice would bring. The directory is dividend into predictable books, wordless books, stories with rhyming verse, picture books, early chapter book series, chapter books and novels, nonfiction and poetry. There are sub lists throughout the book such as favorite picture books of self-identity, favorite sports picture books, etc.

Alyssa Thompson

Review posted February 8, 2022


This book was very helpful in learning how to set up read alouds for children.


Review posted January 17, 2022


Excellent book with a marvelous anthology of recommended books to read. I plan to share these titles with my young friends

Stacy Armstrong

Review posted October 2, 2021


Thank you for this selection!


Review posted September 23, 2021


Super book! This book gives great insight into the how to of reading aloud to children.


Review posted September 17, 2021


This book has fantastic ideas and is very helpful.

Annette Mahan

Review posted September 15, 2021


Very good book, I am looking forward to using what I learned.


Review posted August 27, 2021


This book was very educational. I read it with my older child and she enjoyed it as well.


Review posted August 12, 2021


This is a great resource for many!


Review posted June 3, 2021


This book is very informative for parents to understand the importance of reading aloud through the stages of a child's learning to build vocabulary and read. It has an extensive list of books for all levels to guide you and your child through the learning process.


Review posted March 27, 2021


An excellent resource for both classroom teachers and parents. Especially in this strange times we are currently navigation, the care and connection that can happen through shared stories is important.


Review posted March 17, 2021


Incredible resource for understanding the importance of reading to your children from day one. The list of recommended books is very helpful as well. Looking forward to reading many of these titles with my little one.


Review posted February 9, 2021


My daughter likes this book very much and request we read it often.


Review posted December 25, 2020


Great for a general overview of the science and broader argument for reading at home. I found the first section of the book to be less helpful than the second section which includes an extensive list of texts ideal for read aloud. This list is particularly nice because each entry includes a short description of the story that is brief but detailed enough to enable a quick reference ability for parents and teachers alike to plan reading materials. As an elementary educatory I appreciated the view of parent influence and importance in student development and think Jim Trelease does a nice job of conveying this message.

Emiliya King

Review posted December 18, 2020


Very helpful and informative


Review posted December 3, 2020


As a mother of younger children and a new teacher i found this book to be helpful, thank you.


Review posted November 19, 2020


Helpful resource for parents to assist them in developing read-aloud skills for their children. It also offers many suggestions for children's books.


Review posted November 9, 2020


I really loved this book. It is user friendly, easy to read, and does a good job of breaking down the important reasons to read to your child, or any child you come into contact with. It's good for teachers as well!


Review posted October 14, 2020


This book is a great resource for all teachers! A very extensive list of titles that work great in classrooms.

lucy beltran

Review posted August 30, 2020


was great ideas to share with parents I work, is important to encourage the read in family time


Review posted August 12, 2020


Great read


Review posted July 21, 2020


I have a two year old girl and I decided to read this book because I am an avid reader. The book covers various topics on what to do and what not to do when reading here are my favorites: We use books that have a lot of repetitions, we also read daily and we read books that are above my daughter's intellectual level. highly recommend this book for new parents.


Review posted July 21, 2020


Great book for information on best practices when reading aloud with children or students and why it is important to do so. While I wish there were more actual stories to be utilized in the book, there are fantastic recommendations. Great resource to have for parents.


Review posted July 12, 2020


As a mom getting ready to homeschool for the first time, this handbook is going to be invaluable. The book treasury included will be a fantastic resource as I plan for items to borrow from our local library. This is a must get.


Review posted July 9, 2020


Great book that defends the need to read aloud and with your kids as well as a great curated list of books for different age levels and styles of books.


Review posted July 5, 2020


It is a great book that has easy to understand whys and hows of read aloud. The updated edition is missing some of the older classics read alouds. But it still has many great suggestions.


Review posted May 3, 2020


Not what i thought it would be. There are some good read aloud sections but i thought the entire book would be like that.


Review posted April 24, 2020


Great tips for active participation reading.


Review posted March 30, 2020


Not what I was expecting. I was hoping for different stories to read along with my children, but instead this book is a list of other books. Good to have, but not what I was expecting.


Review posted March 27, 2020


This book has a lot of useful information about the importance of parents/caregivers/teachers reading our loud to kids. The earlier the better. It made me want to do better about reading to my child and increasing his interest in books to set him up for a better future.

Christen Mansuetti

Review posted March 19, 2020


The Read Aloud Handbook is full of inspiring ideas to create a life-long love of reading in young children. A great resource for teachers and parents.


Review posted January 6, 2020


I loved this book. It was very helpful and i can learn alot from it.


Review posted December 17, 2019


Very interactive book. My grandchildren are learning the love of reading. This book is very helpful with suggestions.


Review posted November 18, 2019


Book is full of great information as well as sources. The boom is very user friendly as well. There are a wide variety of books in the end of the book. They are organized into different categories which is super helpful.


Review posted October 20, 2019


I’ll recommend this book to all my teachers. The timing is perfect for the content and strategies.

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Review posted October 17, 2019


This is essential reading for anybody who is working with emerging, beginnning, and novice readers. You are offered sound advice on how to select books that are age appropriate and super engaging.


Review posted October 5, 2019


I was most excited about the readaloud list of books when I ordered this, but there is so much more here that the list is kind of like a great “extra.” I’m a parent and 1st grade teacher, and I see the differences between kids who are read to at home and those who aren’t—not just in vocabulary and comprehension skills, but also flexibility in thinking and drive to continue a task when it’s hard. I have increased readalouds in my classroom from 2 a day to 4 or more, and it’s strengthening our classroom community. I highly recommend this book, and wish this information was more mainstream to parents.


Review posted September 2, 2019


This is a truly beautiful book. I am a new parent and luckily I read this just in time. In this era, children are all about electronics and books sees to exist. I am an avid book reader and always will be. I hope that my daughter is the same. This book gave me wonderful ideas about how to show my family how amazing books truly are.


Review posted July 28, 2019


I loved reading to my kids, and now I have this handbook for reading to my grandboy. Lots of reasons in here about why it's important, and lots of advice for making reading aloud relevant through the years. Unqualified recommendation!

Rosalyn McGarva

Review posted July 16, 2019


A necessary book for anyone who deals with children. Jim never fails!!!


Review posted January 18, 2019


I am currently enrolled at SOU obtaining my Masters in the Art of Teaching. This book was so handy for teaching elementary language arts to the primary grades. I recommend any lower grade teacher to obtain this book for their classroom libraries.


Review posted January 14, 2019


This book will become very handy in my Work Library. It explains why reading is so important & it does a great job letting parents know why they should start reading with their children @ an early age. iT also provides the benefits of reading (increased vocabulary & school readiness). I love the section with tips to help parents that may feel uncomfortable reading aloud. Great resources to be able to share with families.


Review posted December 1, 2018


What a wonderful resource for a Librarian. As someone who reads to youth I am grateful for this book. Inspiring.


Review posted November 7, 2018


Such a HANDY book! Educators, a must read! Many numerous pointers and even tips on why AR program is failing students. Pointers on why students may be failing at reading programs, and what to do to help them. A MUST READ!!!!


Review posted October 19, 2018


A good resource when introducing your children ti real reading, not just picture or character books.


Review posted October 12, 2018


A powerful and well-researched book. If you aren't already reading regularly to your children you will start after reading this book. If you already are, or don't have children of your own, you will be inspired to help get books to children and to motivate other parents. I found the book to be true in my life. My child started reading on her own at 4 years old, just from us spending time with her, reading aloud to her and having plenty of books available.


Review posted September 29, 2018


Love it! Excellent information!

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Review posted September 26, 2018


This book was fun to read.


Review posted August 21, 2018


Wow. What a great discovery. This was an easy to read book great for parents and teachers alike. It is filled with great information, suggestions, and a treasury of book suggestions.


Review posted August 2, 2018


Whether you have children or not, this book is more than about reading aloud. It is a great book for parents, teachers, and others and shares the joys and inspiration that comes along with reading.


Review posted April 14, 2018


Very good book


Review posted November 18, 2017


I thought this pic was great and very informative. I really enjoyed reading about all the research and evidence of how reading to your kids no matter their age helps them 2 prosper and do well in life as well as school. Also I love how the list of different books tells you what age range their most appropriate for. I believe that anytime a new birth certificate is issued that family should be sent this book for free and it should also be talk to teachers and made part of school curriculum.


Review posted November 16, 2017


I have always loved reading and have read to my son since he was born. I almost didn't get this book because of these reasons BUT I am so glad I did. It has really helped me to understand the importance of reading to my son in terms of helping him learn to read but also important developmental impacts it has on children. It also helped to remind me that even if it feel "too late" at night, or we are just "too busy" to fit reading in, that is not an excuse. Reading is essential. The treasury is awesome too!


Review posted August 9, 2017


This was a really good book to use to help implement a long term read aloud time with my child. The list of suggested leveled books found near the end of the book was very useful. It is not an exhausted list but you can get a taste of what is at the right level and then look for other books that are similar. When I was in a book rut, I would open up this book and get some ideas. It actually took me a while to do this review but the upside is that I got to see if it stood the test of time (it does). I would definitely recommend this anyone who reads to children. I think consistent reading has been a joy in my son's life and having this handbook with recommendations and approaches has keep things interesting and fun for all involved.


Review posted August 8, 2017


Not what I expected.


Review posted May 21, 2017


This is a great resource for Teachers and Parents when looking for great books to read to and with children. Plus information on why reading to our very youngest as well as to continue reading with our school age children is so important.


Review posted May 1, 2017


I love the Read Aloud Handbook. I have been buying it for years so I was really happy to get an updated version for free. I use Jim Trelease's books synopsises to find amazing books to read to my students and my own kids. I also appreciate his reading tips, like picture books should be read to kids of all ages, even high school students.


Review posted April 10, 2017


This book was a great starting point for helping young children to love reading.


Review posted February 3, 2017


Outstanding book for parents or teachers. Highly recommend.


Review posted August 9, 2016


The main reason I got this book was for the lists of suggested read-aloud books for various audiences. I also enjoy the research done and cited on the effects of reading aloud to kids of all ages.


Review posted July 25, 2016


This book is beneficial for anyone interacting with children. In addition to reviewing the advantages of reading aloud, it focuses on when to begin as well as the 'dos and don'ts' of reading aloud. It also has a couple of paragraphs on the impact of digital media and television on our children. The back of the book houses an extensive list of books to read at every age level. I found the book useful, and I'm confident that I'll use this book as a resource for many years to come.


Review posted July 12, 2016


I was hesitant to get this book because I thought since I already read out loud to my kids regularly there and they love reading now there wouldn't be much new. This was a great book, my kids are older and have benefitted from my reading with them and to them since they were young, and now I have better platform to explain to others why it is so important and effective. The book lists at the back of the book are very helpful.


Review posted March 3, 2016


A fantastic resource that will be indispensable in my house with 2 young kids

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Review posted February 2, 2016


This book is amazing. I can't wait to put these theories into practice with my kiddo!


Review posted February 1, 2016


This book was well researched and is a good resource for teachers and parents alike. After reading this book, you will never doubt the importance of reading aloud at home or in the classroom.


Review posted January 5, 2016


Much of the content of this book seems second nature to me nowadays - essentially the premise is that reading aloud to your kids does wonders for their brain and really puts them ahead. However, I can imagine when we wrote the first edition, the idea was new. The real treasure is the list of good books to read aloud broken down by age group. I will be referencing this for years to come!


Review posted November 3, 2015


great book for parents to read.


Review posted September 15, 2015


It may be because the author was preaching to the choir of the importance of reading aloud to children but I was agreeing wholeheartedly the whole time. Combining facts and personal stories, he provides a strong case for it. This updated edition tackles digital literacy. And, something more important, the books take on the importance of fathers stepping up and joining the "game" of reading to their kids. Also includes a treasury of titles to help adults find the perfect book.


Review posted July 27, 2015


This was a fun read. It took a humorous approach to the difference in boys/gilrs learning. I enjoyed it as a read, but also learned some tips and tricks and insights to a lot of books for our future reading together. Good stuff.


Review posted July 1, 2015


This book offers much more than just instructions on how to read-aloud! The read-aloud handbook was packed with insightful, relevant, and timely information on reading to children in the emerging digital age, succinct summaries of research on reading, and an extensive “treasury” or listing of recommended readings with a brief synopsis of many of the books along with recommended ages. Additionally, the book was organized in chapters with a question and answer format that is easy to understand. As a new parent, I would highly recommend this book for parents, caregivers, and educators alike. After reading, I felt challenged to make reading a priority in our home, not just for my children but also for myself because the evidence provided is simply compelling. Trelease gives many practical tips to encourage children to become lifelong readers. I will definitely be referring to the book for many years to come for suggested reading titles.


Review posted May 19, 2015


I first read The Read Aloud Handbook back when it was first published and used it mostly to select chapter books to read to my preschool class at rest time. I also referred parents to it to encourage reading at home. Now, as a trainer of ECE professionals, my focus has changed. I am so happy to read all of the information in the first chapters with updated information about the impact of the lack or reading as well as the impact that the joy of books has on a person's development. I will be recommending this book in several of the trainings that I do.


Review posted April 28, 2015


This books provides great strategies to create better readers. It gives perspectives on reading environments, history, transitions to reading, tools for readers (what to do and what not to do). I recommend this book as a supplemental textbook for teachers or as a resource to prepare children to enter kindergarten for parents and child care educators.


Review posted March 28, 2015


The Read-Aloud Handbook is an essential guide that reinforces the importance of daily reading to children. This book breaks down reading strategies according to age of development so that the caregiver can readily form a structured routine of dynamic enrichment on a daily basis. The author includes suggested reading times, an extensive reading list based on appropriate ages, learning and developmental statistics, and an extensive discussion on electronic media and other modern distractions. I highly recommend this book to be within arms reach of all caregivers as a continual reminder of the importance of reading to our children.


Review posted February 16, 2015


Great book, thank you.


Review posted January 12, 2015


Great resource for other reading material