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The Magic of Reading Aloud

Melissa Taylor








We didn’t like the sub, Mrs. Taylor,” my students complained.


Why not?” 


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


Picture 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?