Format Read: paperback
Source: borrowed from a co-worker
Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Blurb from goodreads:
Bestselling author and literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.
All parents want and expect their children to learn to read, but few realize they can get their kids on the road to reading long before they start school simply by reading aloud to them every day. With passion and humor, acclaimed author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox tells readers how she herself became aware of the astonishing effects that reading aloud and bonding through books have on very young children.
She 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 walks readers through the three secrets of reading which together make reading possible. She gives guidance on defining, choosing, and finding good books and closes with tips on dealing effectively with the challenges that sometimes arise when children are learning to read.
Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a must for every parent-and for anyone interested in how children learn to read.
You may recognize Mem Fox's name as a children's book author. Some of my favorites by her include "Time for Bed", "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes", "Whoever You Are" and "Hello Baby!". But she also writes non-fiction, mostly about reading. I borrowed this book from my supervisor at work and it was FABULOUS!
Now, I may be preaching to the choir here; after all, if you're reading a book blog, then you already value reading, yes? But are you aware of the value in reading out loud to a child? Did you know you should start from your child's birth, no waiting? As with so many other things in child development, routine is important but so is reading and having access to reading material all the time, any time.
Fox is passionate and articulate about reading and reading out loud. She backs up her convictions with a mix of anecdotes and research. It is a little light on research but otherwise, this is a fantastic book, easily read and understood, eminently accessible, and full of delight and hope. It's full of suggestions and advice, all of which are easily put into practice. Have kids? teach? care for kids? You need to read this book. There is a revised edition that has come out since this was released or you can find a used copy of this edition.