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Halloween Stories to Read Together

With Halloween later this week, it’s a perfect time for a Halloween read aloud. Looking for books? Here are five lists with great suggestions: 17 Boo-tastic Halloween Books for Toddlers to Enjoy from Bookriot Best Halloween Picture Books (an Entirely Subjective List) from School Library Journal Going Fright-Free: 13 Halloween Books for Little Pumpkins from… Read more

The Enchanted Hour

Just in time for World Read Aloud Day, the Decoda Library has added a copy of The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction to its collection. It’s an in-depth, readable exploration of the power of reading aloud – for all ages. For some hints about the book’s contents,… Read more

Reading Aloud

Today is the 10th anniversary of World Read Aloud Day! It’s a time to celebrate and advocate for literacy by reading aloud. This video from the Vancouver Public Library summarizes for parents the why and how of reading together. For more tips to boost your read aloud experience, read: Making the Most of Reading Aloud:… Read more

World Read Aloud Day tomorrow

“Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. From birth!” – Mem Fox This is the first commandment from Mem Fox’s Ten read-aloud commandments. It’s a great time to review these in advance of World Read Aloud Day tomorrow.  It’s an international day to read aloud together and emphasize literacy as… Read more

Communication Milestones in the Early Years

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) collaborated with Read Aloud to create seven handouts detailing expected communication milestones and read aloud tips from birth to age 5. Communicating with Baby: Tips and Milestones – Birth-3 Months Communicating with Baby: Tips and Milestones – Months 4-6 Communicating with Baby: Tips and Milestones – Months 7-12 Communicating with… Read more

Reading Aloud to Older Kids

Reading aloud to children is an enjoyable activity that tends to decline as children learn to read independently. But, data from earlier this year (reported in the Kids & Family Reading Report Canadian Edition) shows that both older children (ages 6 – 11) and their parents like their read-aloud time. Why read aloud to older… Read more

World Read Aloud Day

Today is World Read Aloud Day! It’s a day to celebrate the power of words and emphasize the right the literacy. It’s also a good time to remember Mem Fox’s Read-Aloud Commandments. They focus on enjoyment, frequency and repetition. Please read aloud every day because you just adore being with your child, not because it’s… Read more

The Benefits of Reading with Your Child

Raise-a-Reader Week starts next week and runs from September 22nd to 29th. Reading with children does more than develop language skills. The Cleveland Clinic has created an infographic that outlines the benefits of reading to children and offers tips to make reading a part of playtime and bedtime. Click the image below to see the… Read more

Read Aloud for 15 Minutes

Here’s a colourful and informative infographic from Read Aloud 15 Minutes, an American non-profit working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. (Click the image to see the full infographic.) Looking for tips on reading aloud? Email library@decoda.ca for resources.