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.

340 pages. ©2006.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

shermaji

Review posted October 12, 2018

5

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.

pennielayn

Review posted September 29, 2018

4

Love it! Excellent information!

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Review posted September 26, 2018

4

This book was fun to read.

carolann.r05

Review posted August 21, 2018

5

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.

reilly1028

Review posted August 2, 2018

5

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.

Mom1234567

Review posted April 14, 2018

4

Very good book

Dutchesshawk

Review posted November 18, 2017

5

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.

ssmall

Review posted November 16, 2017

5

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!

tomalab

Review posted August 9, 2017

5

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.

nshumaker

Review posted August 8, 2017

3

Not what I expected.

Judylmiller

Review posted May 21, 2017

5

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.

radcoco

Review posted May 1, 2017

5

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.

stwellman

Review posted April 10, 2017

5

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

lmstailing

Review posted February 3, 2017

5

Outstanding book for parents or teachers. Highly recommend.

Pdxchristine

Review posted August 9, 2016

5

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.

evanscm78

Review posted July 25, 2016

5

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.

Kalika

Review posted July 12, 2016

5

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.

nikki

Review posted March 3, 2016

5

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

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Review posted February 2, 2016

5

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

jennabee

Review posted February 1, 2016

5

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.

rdebey

Review posted January 5, 2016

4

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!

mandy.stanley

Review posted November 3, 2015

4

great book for parents to read.

EarlDizon

Review posted September 15, 2015

3

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.

rlottis

Review posted July 27, 2015

3

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.

ashleyjohnsonrx

Review posted July 1, 2015

5

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.

Deb

Review posted May 19, 2015

5

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.

RITALOOP

Review posted April 28, 2015

5

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.

mcneisa

Review posted March 28, 2015

5

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.

ShermanD4

Review posted February 16, 2015

5

Great book, thank you.

tkwilson

Review posted January 12, 2015

4

Great resource for other reading material