The Read-Aloud Handbook - Includes a giant treasury of great read-aloud books - seventh edition


How much do I want to read more? 6/10

The topic is fundamentally interesting. It's fascinating to pass this thrist for knowledge and exploration through reading books.
Yet, the book is (very) boring to read. It is full of survey and "academic" talks, and blabla that are not relevant. It should be reduced by 5 times its length for it to be more effectice and impactful to the reader.
The author is pretty much in the mentality that success comes from thriving at school and getting into college. But I don't buy this anymore. Still, I get that reading out of school is a great asset.


We must take care that children’s early encounters with reading are painless enough so they will cheerfully return to the experience now and forever. But if it’s repeatedly painful, we will end up creating a school-time reader instead of a lifetime reader.

Introduction

The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.

-- Eric Hoffer

The Ideal (and Cheapest) Tutoring Plan

a perfect score. What prep course did he take? They read to them for thirty minutes a night, year after year, even after they learned how to read for themselves.
The best SAT preparation course in the world is to read to your children in bed when they’re little. Eventually, if that’s a wonderful experience for them, they’ll start to read themselves.

Atlanta started building schools without playgrounds. “We are intent on improving academic performance,” said the superintendent. “You don’t do that by having kids hanging on the monkey bars.”.

Will This Book Help Me Teach My Child to Read?

This is not a book about teaching a child how to read; it’s about teaching a child to want to read.
“What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.”

Finland refuses to teach children to read until age seven and it boasts the world’s highest reading scores.
This book is about raising children who fall in love with print and want to keep on reading long after they graduate; it’s not about children who learn to read in order to perform for their parents or just to graduate.

How Did a Parent Instead of a Professor Come to Write This Book?

I read for one reason: because my father had read to me and it made me feel so good I never forgot it and wanted my children to taste it, too.

I discovered research showing that reading aloud to children improves their reading, writing, speaking, listening—and, best of all, their attitudes about reading.

When adults read to children, they are also passing torches—literacy torches—from one generation to the next.

Is Reading Still Important in the Video Age?

Reading is the heart of education.
All things considered, reading—not video—is the single most important social factor in American life.

parent’s best financial investment is to spend the time and energy to raise a reader. If the child prefers not to attend college but is an avid reader, she will still make wiser decisions in her personal and business life.


Chapter 1 - Why Read Aloud?

Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.

—- William Butler Yeats

But Aren’t Kids Reading When They’re Checking Facebook, Checking Tweets, or Online?

Since most of the subject matter is gossip, clothes, music, and entertainment, there is not a lot of deep thinking taking place.

The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.
how exactly does a person become proficient at reading? It’s a simple, two-part formula:

How Can Something as Simple as Reading to a Child Be So Effective?

As lumber is the primary support for building a house, words are the primary structure for learning. There are really only two efficient ways to get words into a person’s brain: either by seeing them or by hearing them.
Since it will be years before an infant uses his or her eyes for actual reading, the best source for vocabulary and brain building becomes the ear. What we send into that ear becomes the foundation for the child’s “brain house.”

Which Country Has the Best Readers?

For nine-year-olds, the four top nations were: Finland (569), the United States (547), Sweden (539), and France (531). But the U.S. position dropped to a tie for eighth when fourteen-year-olds were evaluated.