Tips & Resources

June 19, 2019

What's the difference? Julie Morgenstern says:

"When you’re teaching, you’re bringing your child into the adult world, and they are the student of you. When you’re relating, you enter your child’s world, and you become the student of the child. Relating involves spendin...

May 4, 2018

Readers of this page will not be surprised that I am not a fan of using computers, tablets, or phones for reading to or with children. But in case you need more information to convince you, take a look at these articles. 

All the more reason to

Turn it off. 

Turn a p...

March 28, 2018

Every year classrooms across the nation host reading events for elementary school children. But early literacy starts way before a child reaches a classroom. It begins before babies can talk and continues as they become toddlers and preschoolers. 


January 28, 2018

Ever wonder how much permitted their children to use new tech? Not much. 

Read more about the problem in this article from USA Today. 

Two major Apple investors wrote this letter about their concerns with over use of tech and children.




September 28, 2017

"When you spend time with your children, eating, playing, helping with homework, completing household chores, or just having a conversation--do you ever stop and look at your smartphone? If you do, you might want to stop.

That finding comes from a recent study...

Wondering how to read aloud for older kids?

Twenty teacher tips in this article.

My #1 tip: if you are having fun, they will, too.

Don't worry too much about being professional-

just be fearless!

Read the full article here


June 6, 2017

If you don't already follow Sarah Mackensie's blog, Read Aloud Revival, start now. Sarah posts a ton of resources and ideas to help your kids to love reading. This post gives you three action items that don't entail a lot of time or effort but will pay off big time....

Looking for some tips on how to read a wordless picture book?

Ask the expert, Jim Trelease author of The Read Aloud Handbook.

True reading isn’t just about decoding the printed words on a page;

it is about gaining meaning from both words and pictures.

Some other tips from...

October 20, 2016

Let's face it, not everyone is great at reading aloud.

Levin offers 7 great tips to make reading time easier.

An excellent article with links to other resources.

Read the whole article HERE.

The Short Version

1. Let the child pick the book.

2. Don't be afraid of wordless boo...

September 21, 2016

This library is a center for all things related to reading aloud. It includes book suggestions from kids, parents, teachers and librarians.  There are links to the latest research as well as tips on how to improve your reading aloud style. Interested in having a book t...

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