The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success is reading aloud to children.  – Becoming a Nation of Readers

I’m one of the most avid readers I know, so when it came to my children, I knew they were going to grow up loving books. Almost every trip to the bookstore I would pick out at least one book for Satori. I’ve ordered plenty on Amazon. We go to the library. And at night, I ask Satori to pick 2-3 books for me to read to her. So far they’ve been all picture books. All that, and yet this book puts me to shame.

The Read-Aloud Handbook

I’ve heard a few parenting and homeschooling forums talk about  The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. I figured I had it covered already. But on a whim, I finally purchased it. I read it all the way through that very day. It has changed my whole mind about reading to Satori. No longer do I think it’s simply just a fun thing to do. Now, I know that reading aloud to her is not only fun and bonding, it is one of the most important things to do with my child! I had no clue how important being read to was. Every parent, teacher, and caregiver should read this book.

The back of the book is filled with pages of great picture books, short novels, and novels, and that alone is worth the $10 for the book. You’ll discover the importance of having the child OWN her own books. Jim Trelease very convincingly gives reasons why you should start reading to your baby, all the way through their teens! I’m now definitely going to read more children’s classics, including novels. I’m going to start again on the Five in a Row program. And I’m going to try to get my husband to watch less TV and read more. Having parents read for pleasure themselves is very influential for the children to see.


Above is our current read-aloud. I’ll be starting a list and will show it on the side of the blog now. I started reading this before I read Trelease’s book actually, and we’re halfway through it.  My only regrets is that we saw the movie before the book, which ruins some of the anticipation. He suggests to read the books first, THEN see the movie. (I’d be content with only reading, but my husband loves to watch movies.) Also, I realized I picked a 272 page novel as our first big read-aloud. I should have started with a shorter 100 page or less short novel and then work our way up. No worries, I now have novels of all sizes, picture books, poetry books, fairy/folk tales and more on the way from Amazon. 🙂

This week I’ll be clearing out a spare room, painting it in a vibrant color, and putting up his suggestion of “rain gutter bookshelves”. This way all our books will face out and be more appealing to pick up and read. I can’t wait to share photos of our new library and reading room!!!

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