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The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition Paperback – July 25, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0143037392 ISBN-10: 0143037390 Edition: Sixth Edition, Revised

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 12 and up
  • Series: Read-Aloud Handbook
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Sixth Edition, Revised edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143037390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037392
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No household with children should be without a copy of The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. -- The Sacramento Bee

About the Author

Before retiring from the lecture circuit in 2008, Jim Trelease spent thirty years addressing parents, teachers, and librarians on the subjects of children, literature, and the challenges of multimedia to print. Initially self-published in 1979, The Read-Aloud Handbook has had seven American editions as well as British, Australian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, and Spanish editions. Trelease is also the editor of two popular read-aloud anthologies for Penguin: Hey! Listen to This, for grades K-4, and Read All About It! , for preteens and teens.In 2010, Penguin Books named The Read-Aloud Handbook as one of the seventy-five most important books it published in its seventy-five-year history.

Customer Reviews

This book is an easy read and packed full of information.
Samantha
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease is a book all parents should read.
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I have given this book as a baby shower gift for at least 10 years.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Learning All The Time on October 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
One and a half years ago, my kindergartener was reading at a 3rd grade level but lacked "comprehension". While he could retell basic plot elements, he appeared to lack any ability to synthesize or think about what he had read.

So I dutifully bought several comprehension workbooks and was preparing to work with him all summer. Then I stumbled across Trelease's wonderful handbook, and the light went on. What a compelling message about the importance of reading aloud to kids! What a wonderful book list! And what a beautifully simple way to transform my son into a truly comprehending reader!

All I needed to do was read to my son abundantly, ENCOURAGE discussion, rejoice and respond if he spontaneously asked questions while I was reading (THAT was a paradigm shift), and surround him with great books. I could toss out the workbooks.

My son's reading comprehension greatly improved, my children LOVE our read-aloud times - as do I - and they love to read themselves. What's not to like? This book is a wonderful resource that I have referred to repeatedly.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Readtoyourkids on August 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dear Parents, Grandparents, Teachers and all who find special joy in their children.

This is the finest book about what reading could and should be that I have discovered in many, many years as a parent, grandparent and 22 years as an elementary school teacher.

I strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of this terrific book and use it in building new bridges to the wonders and joys of reading with your children.

The essence of the book can be captured in this simple phrase:

MAKE SURE SOMEONE READS TO YOUR KIDS AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EVERY DAY -AT HOME AND AWAY (SCHOOL)

If we raise them with beauty and joy then that is what they will find in life.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Etz on December 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
After reading Trelease's book (the fifth edition), I wanted to send a copy to every parent, teacher and administrator. I was already reading aloud to my children, but this book made such a convincing argument that I redoubled my efforts. The author clearly demonstrates the correlation between early exposure to books and later success in school and life. If all parents and teachers followed his advice, we could create a society of avid readers. His title is actually somewhat misleading, as it's more about how to get kids motivated to read. Reading aloud is one way to get there, but he also makes an extremely persuasive case for "silent sustained reading" as part of the school curriculum at both the primary and secondary level. He includes plenty of useful and innovative tips from parents and teachers, as well as great examples of how these techniques have been successful.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on May 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook, first published in 1982, has sold over one million copies and gone through six editions. Trelease traveled extensively for the next 25 years, speaking to American educators and parents about how to promote a love of reading among children. He emphasizes reading aloud with parents and other adults, and his arguments for reading are focused on preserving culture, as well as benefiting children educationally and emotionally.

This book consists of ten chapters, the first nine of which a case for reading aloud to children, discussing when to begin reading, and treat other topics related to childhood literacy. Chapter three is especially helpful, describing the stages of reading aloud to children. Trelease follows children them through their maturation process, suggesting specific reading strategies and kinds of books for different stages of maturity. The tenth chapter is an annotated list of recommended readings.

Because of his secular approach, Trelease's primary criteria for selecting books are suitability for reading aloud, writing quality, and appeal to children. His emphasis is not on moral formation, and his moral criteria seem representative of our mainstream culture, especially the increasingly liberal educational culture. Still, this collection is highly respected, and contains many classic books. I have used it primarily to see what books might be popular with children in more secular circles.

The sixth edition is extensive, with over 1000 titles, more than in previous editions. Rather annoyingly, many titles are only suggested in topical unannotated lists such as "Fairy Tale Parodies" and "Sports Stories." I do recommend the final edition because it is more up-to-date and thorough than previous ones.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By simplemom on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
The research and explanations he gives for reading should motivate everyone to read. Funny thing is...the people who need to read this book probably won't because they don't like to read...so they don't read to children. Great points and goes hand in hand with information learned from college in the education department. Take the time to read to your kids...if you need drive to do it? Read his book. Highly recommend it! It will give your children a headstart in school! And Life!!!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LangArts teacher on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found the Read Aloud Handbook to be a helpful guide and resource. In addition to shedding light on the value of reading aloud to children, there is an extensive list of suggested books for reading aloud to children of many ages.

As a teacher, I found alot of supportive documentation for reading aloud in the classroom. We have incorporated required read alouds as well as daily Silent Reading for all students in our district middle schools. I recommend this for teachers and particularly parents who question the value of reading aloud to children, as well as those who agree to "spare their children" the "punishment or burden" of recreational reading. Young people need to learn to appreciate the joy of reading. They are missing out on so much in so many ways.
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