Feb 172011

The New Read-aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease is comprised of two parts. The first is information and research about why reading-aloud to children should be done. The second part is an extensive list of books to choose.

I understand the need and reasons to read-aloud to children. We do some reading to our son, and after reading this, we will expand to include it more on a regular basis. Books are always big in our house, and our son loves them.

I had intended to skim through the first portion, but found myself continually pulled in and reading large chunks. There are plenty of ancedotes to go along with the research, and it was quite entertaining.

The best part of the book is definitely the lists of books to choose. They are broken down by book type – picture book, short novel, novel. Each main entry states the ages it would be most appropriate for, a synapsis of the book, and other titles that are similar. The ages run from Pre-toddler (1-2 years) up to grade 8 and beyond.

I made a list of books to check out for our son’s current age. I can definitely see myself checking this book out to get more ideas as he ages and is ready for longer, more involved books.

Rating: 5/5
Source: Local library

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