Friday, August 21, 2009

The Read Aloud Handbook

Some time ago, some of my readers had recommended that I check out The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, so of course, I went to the library and did just that! It was a really great book (I managed to get through the whole thing!), and I would recommend it to any parents, not just homeschooling parents (since it is not specifically for homeschoolers, but for parents who believe in the importance of literacy and who want their children to grow up with a love for reading). At the end of the book, the author provides a list of great books to read aloud to your children, and then arranges them by grade level (listening level, not reading level for the child).

Little Bean and I started our very first real chapter book based on Trelease's recommendations, called More Stories Huey Tells, by Ann Cameron, which was listed as a good fit for K through 2. So far, (we are about halfway through), Little Bean has done really well with it, and he ENJOYS it, which is so important to me.

I can't thank my readers enough for the recommendation of The Read Aloud Handbook. So, if you are at all interested in this topic, please do check the book out!


Bookworm said...

I'm so glad you looked into this book and have foudn it helpful! Just a week ago, I say down with Jim Trelease's book as well as Honey for a Child's Heart and 100 Best Books for Children and created a booklist from the books they all commonly recommended! I placed an Amazon order and it will be Happy Reading this school year for us! (I only order books that are not in my library system! Unless, of course, after we've read it and it becomes a favorite.)

Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad to hear this positive report! Happy Reading!

Mama Pickles said...

I'm glad you enjoyed Jim Trelease's book. I was so excited to find a copy at a used book store by my house. I can finally return the library's copy. :) Another good set of chapter books my son (34 months) and I found are the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillio. There are 6 in the series, but we've only read the first 5 (many, many times) because our library doesn't have a copy of the 6th one.

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