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Top 10 Resources on Reading Aloud

Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children. Learn about how reading aloud builds important foundational skills, such as introducing vocabulary, building comprehension skills, and providing a model of fluent, expressive reading. And get tips on how to make the most out of your read alouds.
  1. I Love Storytime: The Best Way to Read to Your Toddler
    Reading to your toddler is one of the best ways to boost language skills. Here are 12 tips to help make sure your toddler gets a head start on reading.
  2. Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension
    This article discusses the power of reading aloud and goes a step further to discuss the power of thinking out loud while reading to children as a way to highlight the strategies used by thoughtful readers.
  3. Using Read-Alouds with Critical Literacy Literature in K-3 Classrooms
    Teacher read-alouds are a vital part of literacy instruction in primary classrooms. Learn how to conduct read-alouds that feature high-quality children's books which will prompt children to think and talk about social issues that impact their daily lives.
  4. Reader's Theater: Giving Students a Reason to Read Aloud
    The reader's theater strategy blends students' desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader's Theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency and enhancing comprehension.
  5. Introducing Science Concepts to Primary Students Through Read-Alouds
    This study of first and second graders looked at teacher-led read-alouds as a way to introduce science concepts. Results suggest that multiple exposures to a related concept across different stories gave students more time to build a mental representation of important ideas. This evidence suggests that moving beyond a single text as a source for building students' understanding is an important instructional approach.
  6. Use a PEER When You Read Aloud
    The best story times are very interactive: You are talking about and reading the story, your child is talking, and there is conversation taking place between the two of you. Read below to learn more about dialogic reading and PEER, a method to help you remember a few important ways to read in this interactive way.
  7. Favorite Classroom Read Alouds
    There's something so magical about the right read aloud. For second and third graders, classroom read alouds open up the mysterious world of long chapter books. Here's a (very!) short list of great read aloud chapter books for second/third graders.
  8. Hints on How to Read to a Group
    From previewing to reading with expression, here are several helpful hints for anyone preparing to read a book aloud to a group of children.
  9. Print Awareness During Read Alouds
    How can you help kids develop print awareness? Here are some sample questions and prompts you can use before, during, and after a read aloud activity to help children activate basic knowledge about print and books.
  10. Recommended Books for Kids
    Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to turn a kid into a reader. Tap into what interests your child. Browse these book lists selected by Maria Salvadore, our children's literature expert. These books are for kids up to 9 years old, focus on new titles, and emphasize quality. Choose from any of the dozens of booklists shown below. Happy Reading!

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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables