Reading aloud

Reading aloud

Reading aloud

Date posted: April 5, 2013

Reading aloud to children from a very early age is a good way to develop the foundation for reading skills, and it’s fun.


Baby read-aloud basics: fun and interactive ways to help your little one discover the world of words.
Caroline J. Blakemore and Barbara Weston Ramirez. New York: AMACON, 2006.
Organized around the six stages of early language development from birth to age two, this book looks at why reading aloud to babies is important, and provides simple techniques to help make reading aloud an interactive experience. Written for parents.

For reading out loud: planning and practice.
Bobbi Fisher and Emily Fisher Medvic. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003.
Written for teachers of young children (prekindergarten to second grade), this book covers the basics of why, what, who and how to read aloud. It also discusses follow-up projects and encouraging reading aloud at home.

Let’s read together: improving literacy outcomes with the adult-child interactive reading inventory (ACIRI).
Andrea DeBruin-Parecki. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2007.
Based on reading research and extensively field tested, this manual offers a method of evaluating the behaviours that promote quality adult-child interactive reading. In an easy to use assessment that can be administered in 15-20 minutes, users can observe and score 12 key behaviours. In addition, a large selection of parent/caregiver tips and activities to reinforce interactive reading is included. This book could be useful for family literacy practitioners looking for a tool for assessment, teaching, and program design and evaluation.

Reading magic: why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever. Revised ed.
Mem Fox. New York: Harcourt, 2008.
Fox outlines with passion and humour how, when and where parents, caregivers, and educators can take the opportunity to read aloud to children.

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How to read out loud with your preschooler

How to read out loud with your pre-teen


Mem Fox’s ten read aloud commandments

Reading aloud to your child: the loving, personal gift – tips on where, when, what and how of reading loud from Reading is Fundamental

Reading aloud with children twelve & older – While we often think of reading to younger children, reading aloud can offer the same benefits to teenagers. This article offers tips for reading aloud with older children and links to a list of recommended titles. From the Children’s Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education.

Reading to two: a double challenge – tips from PBS parents

Reading with young children: something old and something new? – summary of the results of a study on parents’ attitudes and practices toward reading books and e-books with their 2 to 6 year olds

Simple yet powerful things to do while reading aloud – tips to enhance the benefit of reading aloud from Reading Rockets

Will you read to me? – an early literacy activity for children ages 2 to 5; one of many TALK cards that are available online

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