The Kids Are in School, My Job is Done, Right?

No! Keep reading aloud to your kids! Many experts say that reading aloud to children is the most important thing you can do to help kids succeed with independent reading and with school in general. Read aloud with your kindergartener, your 1st-grader; in fact, The Children’s Reading Foundation suggests reading aloud to children through elementary school at least 20 minutes every day. According to the New York Times, “Jim Brozina read aloud to his daughter for 3,218 straight days, until she left for college.”

When my mother read Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates to my older sisters and I, at six or so, I felt so grown up to be involved in such a long novel. I looked forward to the next chapter each night until sadly, there were no more chapters left.

One of my favorite children’s novels to read aloud is The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. It has fun with an old-fashioned story of uncaring, mean parents and kids who rule. Never a dull moment and wonderful dialogue that begs to be read aloud.

Besides reading aloud with your child, ask your emerging or independent readers to read aloud to you.

The Eric Carle Ready-to-Read Collection coming out September 30, 2014 includes paperback editions of Have You Seen My Cat?; The Greedy Python; Pancakes, Pancakes!; Rooster is Off to See the World; A House for Hermit Crab; and Walter the Baker. Six Eric Carle early readers for a list price of $15.99. Pre-order at Amazon for only $11.06.


First and second graders will enjoy the new (June 2014) Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie book called My New Friend is So Fun! 

Did your parents read aloud to you? What were your favorites?

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