Reasons to Read Aloud

You want your child to love reading, right?  Reading aloud to your child helps them develop that love for reading, as well as become a better reader themselves.

The Read-aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease is a great book that describes the importance of reading aloud to your child.  He talks about how reading aloud fosters a child’s imagination, making them interested in reading.  He also reviews the stages of reading aloud as well as some do’s and don’ts of reading aloud to your child.

At Within Reach Learning Center we encourage reading aloud because it helps kids become more fluent readers by way of modeling.  When you read to your child you are modeling what good reading sounds like.  You are teaching them to have expression in their voice.  Also, when reading aloud you can help develop your child’s reading comprehension skills by asking questions and talking about what you just read.

Wondering which books are good to read to your child?  The website offers a great list of books to read to kids of any age.  Here are a couple that we like…

Pirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal – (Grades 1-2) For any young child (or pig), there are few things more torturous than bathtime. And this little pig is putting his hoof down. No. More. BATHS. But how can he possibly accomplish this? Well, by being someone else, of course. After all, everyone knows that pirates, astronauts, and knights in shining armor-just to name a few-never, EVER take baths.







The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libbu Hamilton – (Grades 3-4) Packed with nauseating novelties and foul facts, this book will teach you how to avoid monsters, show you how to spot them in the news or on the street, and give you a peek inside their dangerous (and smelly) world. At the end, we learn that Dr. Jelly has fallen foul of the infamous book monster, and the readers themselves will be lucky to escape the same fate!







Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – (Grades 5-6) A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope.  A captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.







We hope that these books inspire you to read aloud to your child.  We would love to hear your comments… what books do you like to read to your child?



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