Reading Aloud Together


As a child, my favorite time of day was the half hour before I went to bed.  It was during this time that one or both of my parents would come into my room and read to me.  Whether it was my favorite Little Golden Book (The Poky Little Puppy), or a selection of poems by Shel Silverstein, I was enrapt.  As I got older, the books became a little more dense–two favorites of my father were White Fang and Call of the Wild (neither were as beloved by my brothers and I, but my dad would get so excited reading them that we couldn’t help but see the books in the same magical way he did).

It is important to remember that reading aloud to your child continues to be beneficial even after they have learned how to read independently.  Read-Aloud guru Jim Trelease goes into great depth describing all of the ways that simply reading to a child can be so effective, including building vocabulary, strengthening the bond between parent and child, and conditioning your child to associate reading with pleasure.

Some of my favorite chapter books to read aloud:

1.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

2.  Stuart Little by E.B. White

3.  Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

4.  Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

5.  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls



Tricia is the youth librarian at OWL and loves books, movies, Motown, Bowie, knitting, blogging, 24, and learning how to be a better cook.   

One thought on “Reading Aloud Together

  1. Hey Tricia,

    I also have fond memories of being read to by my Mom. And like you not only do I have my favorites, but remember well my Mom’s favorite – The Little Red Light House and the Great Gray Bridge- A storybook about the building of the George Washington Bridge, as told by the lighthouse that would now stand in it’s shadow.

    I also loved reading to my children – for chapter books they really enjoyed both Stuart Little and Willy Wonka and the Chocholate Factory. Once they were too big to have their Mom read to them we moved onto books on tape/CD. The Harry Potter series got us through many a long car trips. After hours of driving the kids and I would sit in the car til the end of the chapter.

    Happy reading!

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