The Read-Aloud Handbook is a book you can find yourself reading over and over again, referring to it for a book suggestion or giving as a gift to someone special in your life. You see The Read-Aloud Handbook is unique. It is filled with down-to-earth advice, tips, suggestions and information about the benefits, techniques and realities of reading aloud to children. And to top it all off, the book comes filled with anecdotes and stories from real life situations, statistics and research to verify arguments.
The book also addresses the impact of television, extensive computer use and the role of libraries. In all these areas, the author clearly looks at the positive and negative sides of the issues with data and source material.
This book is all about how to raise a reader through the simple activity of reading-aloud.
Some features of the book I found valuable are:
– The “Treasury of Read-Alouds” located at the end of the book – While you would not find any mention of Islamic fiction books, there are enough general fiction and great non-fiction books from which you can find suitable books for your children, inshaAllah.
– The “Do’s and Don’ts of Read-Aloud” – A lengthy, but constructive list of things you as a parent or teacher should and should not as related to reading aloud.
When you read The Read-Aloud Handbook you may find yourself motivated to start reading to your children again (if it has been a long while since you did). And if you already do read-aloud, then this book may give you some suggestions of books that your children may like hearing (see the “Treasury of Read-Alouds”). For those who have yet to acknowledge the importance of reading aloud to children then The Read-Aloud Handbook is definitely a book you should consider taking a look at.
Title: The Read-Aloud Handbook, 6th edition
Author: Jim Trelease
Pages: 432 pages