Jim Trelease’s treatise is a treasure trove of timeless tips.
(Say that ten times fast!)
The Read-Aloud Handbook is as relevant today as it was when it was published more than 30 years ago. Now in its 7th edition, it shows parents step-by-step how to foster a lifelong love of reading.
Just take his 3-part formula – inspired by TV advertising – for how to raise your very own bookworm.
1. Read to kids while they are young enough to want to imitate you.
(Hint: This is well before adolescence!)
2. Make the readings interesting and exciting enough to hold their interest while you build their imagination.
(Hint: Books that are boring to you are equally boring to your kids).
3. Pay attention to your kid’s attention span, then gradually lengthen it.
(Hint: No 5-year-old wants to hear A Tale of Two Cities. It will be the worst of times for both of you. Uh, not that I speak from experience…)
Though the pages of my book have turned as yellow as the highlighting within, I keep this book on my bedside table, carefully turning its cracked pages whenever I need guidance.
Perhaps I should start wearing a new bracelet to story time – W.W.J.T.D.