Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever / Edition 1

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever / Edition 1

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by Mem Fox
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0156010763

ISBN-13: 2900156010763

Pub. Date: 06/25/2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A new and revised edition!

Bestselling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.
         

With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and

Overview

A new and revised edition!

Bestselling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.
         

With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance on defining and choosing good books, and addresses the challenges that can arise. And this new edition boasts twenty pages of fresh material, including two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of "Twenty Books that Children Love."
         

Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a favorite of educators and parents and a must-have for anyone interested in how children learn to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900156010763
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/25/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176

Table of Contents

Chapter 1The Foot Book Miracle1
Chapter 2The Magic in Action5
Chapter 3Birth, Brains, and Beyond13
Chapter 4The Power25
Chapter 5Keep It Regular31
Chapter 6And Do It Like This39
Chapter 7Getting the Most Out of It53
Chapter 8The First Secret of Reading: The Magic of Print75
Chapter 9The Second Secret of Reading: The Magic of Language83
Chapter 10The Third Secret of Reading: The Magic of General Knowledge99
Chapter 11What Happens When the Three Secrets of Reading Come Together?105
Chapter 12"Book! Book! Book!"121
Chapter 13Television: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly139
Chapter 14Troubleshooting145
Chapter 15The Proof153
Acknowledgments157

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mem Fox Knows Her Stuff! Her children's books including Whoever You Are, Koala Lou and Tough Boris are memorable and lovable, but in Reading Magic Mem speaks to parents or adults who are around children age 0-7. Mem's main goal is to encourage adults to read aloud to young children as it is enjoyable and has life-long positive results on the child being read to. She advises that it's never too early to read to your child 'or baby'! The book describes how to go about reading aloud to children, secrets of reading, television vs. reading, a little on phonics and includes a book list of read-aloud's for young ones. Reading Magic is an easy read and is void of educational jargon and acronyms. I've already recommended this book to an expecting family member and my dentist with a newborn!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Mem Fox¿s book, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, Fox outlines why reading aloud to kids positively impacts many important aspects of their lives. This book will inspire teachers and parents to adopt read aloud as a daily routine. Fox provides anecdotes that support why reading aloud is perhaps the most important step an adult mentor can make to support a child¿s success in school and in a pursuit of lifelong learning. As an avid reader and passionate literacy educator, I was deeply moved as to the many reasons Fox gives as to why adults should read to children. Chapters of special interest to me were Birth, Brains and Beyond and Boys and Reading. Each of these chapters shaped my new thinking as to the importance of reading aloud to our children from infancy through later childhood years. Fox¿s stories and humor make the book an easy and fun read. I would recommend this book to all teachers, parents, and soon to be parents. You current ideas about read aloud will be transformed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mem Fox has done a wonderful job of helping the reader understand the importance of reading aloud. She describes the act of reading aloud to children as one of the best ways to help children with their academic reading success later in life. She makes a good point for how reading aloud can foster good relationships with families and caregivers. Fox gives the reader insight into how to make the read aloud a wonderful time to share with children. She also gives ways to enhance family relationships through reading, and easy ways to supplement reading at school. She has many good ideas about literature and which books are the best to use in a read-aloud. The two new chapters in the revised edition are helpful to parents and teachers alike. Fox gives her opinion on some education issues that are thought-provoking and insightful. I would recommend reading this book if you are a first-time parent, or a parent looking for ways to help your student in school. It was an enjoyable book as an educator and helped me focus on some areas in my classroom that need help. This is an easy read, written with humor and funny illustrations. I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone who has any contact with young learners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to say that I found this an amazing book, full of anecdotes and stories, not to mention tips and proof of the importance of reading to children. I actually used this book as a resource for my Senior Project, and have found it both useful and informative. I especially enjoyed hearing her views on the importance of fairy tales and the like. All in all, I definitely suggest this book to anyone wondering if it's really worth the time it takes to read to your children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book and every parent or soon to be parent should read it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt that the book was an easy read and it wasn't loaded with research data left and right. As an educator, I felt that this book confirmed what I already believed. This book is powerful for parents to read and to understand the impact read aloud time has on their child¿s future. Not only does it emphasize the importance of read aloud, but it discusses key tools and activities to do with the child to engage them and teach them so much before they enter school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book just clarified some excellent points of reading aloud to children since birth. Well written and easy to follow, I couldn't put it down.