The Read-Aloud Handbook

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Every child can become an avid reader, and this beloved, classic guide - now in its fourth edition, with an up-to-date treasury of more than 1,200 children's books, from picture books to novels, that are great for reading aloud - will show you how to make it happen. Jim Trelease explains:
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Overview

Every child can become an avid reader, and this beloved, classic guide - now in its fourth edition, with an up-to-date treasury of more than 1,200 children's books, from picture books to novels, that are great for reading aloud - will show you how to make it happen. Jim Trelease explains:
  • how reading aloud awakens children's imaginations and improves their language skills;
  • how to begin reading aloud and which books to choose;
  • how to create an atmosphere in the home and classroom that welcomes readers;
  • how to compete with the influences of television and video games; and
  • the facts about children, reading, and television viewing.

Jim Trelease has made reading aloud a special pleasure for millions of people. This new edition offers a chance for a new generation of parents, teachers, grandparents, and siblings to discover the rewards - and the necessity - of reading aloud to children.

"...about time that parents, teachers and children spend together in a loving, sharing way."--Washington Post

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The fifth edition of Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook brings this oral-reading classic into the digital age. Completely revised and updated, the handbook includes a new chapter on what parents and educators can learn from the advent of Oprah's Book Club, the Harry Potter mania, and the Internet explosion. A fine resource for book lovers.
Publishers Weekly
The newly revised and updated fifth edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease uses his trademark Q&A format to address such issues as television, library funding and the Harry Potter phenomenon. A "Treasury of Read-Alouds" in the back of the book suggests starting points for parents. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Jim Trelease is a national treasure for his dedicated commitment to promoting the value of books in a child's life and the importance of parents reading to their children. The Read-Aloud Handbook is a rich, informative work with many anecdotal success stories of parents, businessmen, schools, libraries and even states that have been inspired by Jim's message to take action. His comments on comic books, fairy tales, TV, censorship, Sustained Silent Reading, and the "Good News and Bad" about students' achievements make this required reading. The treasury of great read-alouds has been expanded and updated.
Library Journal
Revising his 1985 edition, Trelease preaches the reading gospel with undiminished fervor. Updated evidence from scholarly and journalistic sources (50 percent post-1985) bolsters his case for reading aloud from infancy through adolescence. Trelease addresses parents, but directs considerable homiletic energy toward librarians, pediatricians, clergy, and above all, schools: a new chapter cites individual, state, and district ``success stories.'' There is a new list of ``predictable'' (i.e., cumulative or repetitive) books, and over 70 synopses are of books published 1985-89. Most choices are excellent. Wider in scope than parent guides like Eden R. Lipson's Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children ( Times Bks., 1988), Michele Landsberg's Reading for the Love of It (LJ 11/15/87), or Betsy Hearne's Choosing Books for Children (LJ 5/1/81), Trelease's book covers a broader age range and is easier to use than Masha Rudman and Anna M. Pierce's For Love of Reading (Consumer Reports Bks., 1988). His enthusiasm is infectious, and his ``related readings'' suggestions are invaluable (and unique).-- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch. , Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140467277
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/24/1985
  • Series: Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Before retiring from the lecture circuit in 2008, Jim Trelease spent thirty years addressing parents, teachers, and librarians on the subjects of children, literature, and the challenges of multimedia to print. Initially self-published in 1979, The Read-Aloud Handbook has had seven American editions as well as British, Australian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, and Spanish editions. Trelease is also the editor of two popular read-aloud anthologies for Penguin: Hey! Listen to This, for grades K-4, and Read All About It! , for preteens and teens.In 2010, Penguin Books named The Read-Aloud Handbook as one of the seventy-five most important books it published in its seventy-five-year history.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Why Read Aloud? 1
2 When to Begin Read-Aloud 27
3 The Stages of Read-Aloud 60
4 The Dos and Don'ts of Read-Aloud 106
5 Read-Aloud Success Stories 113
6 Home, School, and Public Libraries 139
7 Television 163
8 Sustained Silent Reading: Reading-Aloud's Natural Partner 193
9 How to Use the Treasury 224
10 Treasury of Read-Alouds 229
Wordless Books 229
Predictable/Cumulative Books 231
Picture Reference Books 233
Picture Books 234
Short Novels 285
Novels 300
Poetry 331
Anthologies 337
Fairy and Folk Tales 342
Appendix: A Note for Doomsayers Who Think Things Have Never Been Worse 347
Notes 353
Bibliography 374
Subject Index for the Text 378
Author-Illustrator Index for the Treasury 383
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Great Resource Book

    As a teacher of young students, I will use this book often to help me select appropriate books to read-aloud in my classroom. It would also be a very helpful reference book for new parents as it would help them select good books to read to their children. I'm glad I purchased it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Excellent Resource In Understanding the Importance of Reading With Children

    As a student striving for a Masters in Elementary Education, I found this book to be extremely useful in understanding the importance of reading to children and how reading impacts reading and academic success throughout schooliing.
    This book is great for parents and teachers alike. Jim Trelease points out important facts to understand behind a child's reading development, and how reading daily impacts learning.
    It was very easy to read and understand, many examples and stories in order to relate to, and a great resource in finding books that are right for your child or student at any given reading level.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    Must Read!

    This is a must-read for all parents and parents-to-be. In fact, I think it makes a great baby shower gift. Not only does it have excellent information on why it is important to read to your baby/child, the second half of the book is made up of lists of read-aloud suggestions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

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    A Must Have for a Family Library

    I first checked this book out from the Library. I was so drawn to it that I purchased it. My boys are 8 & 10. I originally just thought it to be a brief description of books to read to the boys at bed time. It was so much more. I have implemented some of the suggestions such as SSR. I had tried this before but after reading the book realized why we failed. ALso love the idea about CC for the TV.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    this book "the read aloud-hand book" provides very informative and appealing resource for educators and parents. This book also includes many cases in real lives to show how important it is to read books for childrent both silently and lou

    As I picked up this book and leanded about the author who is the chief editor of penguin group, I was drawn to this book and started reading right away. This book truly shows how important it is to read book to children in terms of education. Not just this book encourages parents and educators to read aloud but also it provides very practical mathods along with best practice implemented world wide. As a mom who has been enthusiastic and enjoying reading for my kid, I could get valuable information including recommended book list and also reading methods,..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    An amazing miracle because of this book.

    This book saved us from a lifetime of heartache. I read this book when my boy was very small. I did not know then that he was autistic, learning disabled, and hearing impaired. The school said he would never read. I homeschooled him using the knowledge I took from this book. I taught him to read by reading to him. Today he is in a Master's program for Library Science! Thank you Jim Trelease!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    New Parents

    This book is a wonderful resource for parents. Through stories, letters from parents, and up-to-date research, Trelease provides an overview of the benefits of reading to kids and of books. My husband loved the book too. This would be a great gift for new parents as the author recommends reading from birth.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    Every parent should read this book

    I have purchased and given this book to several of my friends and parents. It shows the value of reading aloud to your child. It also give some suggestions for parents of reluctant listeners. It should be required reading for every parent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Great gift idea!

    This book, along with a few infant board book favorites, is often my gift for expecting parents. It should be a mandatory read.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    I also love Sugar's "The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds"

    Sugar's 'The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds" is a book that is all about educational reality, the facts on the ground, not vacuous educational theories.

    Sugar pioneered the SMARTGRADES school notebooks that contain the new learning technology, ACANDY Processing Tools, that empower students for academic success. She transformed my kids into Grade A students, soI speak from experience, not hypothetical theory.

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