The Magic of Reading Aloud
March 5, 2012
© Melissa Taylor
“We didn’t like the sub, Mrs. Taylor,” my students complained.
“She didn’t do the voices in the book right.”
This from fifth graders!? Fifth graders who were old enough to not believe in reading magic but -- did. Because for them, the story we were reading aloud, The Merlin Effect by T.A. Barron, existed in a magical place where Merlin was real, and the characters were alive. And the sub didn't get it right.
The power of reading aloud!
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Read Aloud Every Day
World Read Aloud Day is March 7 but I encourage you to make everyday a read aloud day!
- It will turn your reluctant readers into readers.
- It will build your children's vocabularies.
- It will develop a love of books and stories in your children.
- It gives you special time with your children.
How Can YOU Be a Magical Read Aloud Reader?
It’s not as hard as you might think. Channel your inner actor.
Read the story with LOUD and quiet voices, dramatic pauses, and different voices for each character.
Who Reads Aloud?
Adults read to kids.
Kids read to kids.
Kids and adults read to adults -- like my daughter is reading to me in the above photo!
(Also, consider adults who are experiencing the effects of old age and can’t read themselves anymore.)
My Favorite Read Aloud Books
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
No Bears by Meg McKinlay
You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown
King Hugo’s Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen
any Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems
Guess Again! by Mac Barnett
Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens
Diamond Jim Dandy by Sarah Burell
anything by Doreen Cronin
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin (watch him sing the song!)
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Elementary Chapter Books
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Holes by Louis Sachar
Vordak Rules the School by Vordak
Frannie K. Stein series by Jim Benton
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
YA Chapter Books
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Giver by Lois Lowery
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
What books are your favorite read alouds?
Melissa Taylor is a freelance writer, an award-winning educational blogger at ImaginationSoup, an award-winning teacher with a M.A. in Education, and a mom of two children, ages 6 and 9. Follow Taylor on Twitter or find her on Facebook.
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