The joy of sharing books is a gift you can give children from the time they are born. Chanting nursery rhymes, singing songs, and reading stories can comfort and entertain even the youngest child. Listening to language lays the groundwork for reading. -From the Association of Library Service to Children
Some Helpful Read Aloud Tips
Create a special time and place for reading aloud.
Choose a book that is fun, exciting, and interesting for both you and your child. If either of you is bored, find another book - there is a book for everyone!
Be a ham! Read with expression and feeling - try different voices and sounds - make the snake hissssss and the door creeeeeeek! Use pacing by reading slower or faster as the story changes.
Visit the library often and let your child help select books for reading aloud. Ask the librarian for suggestions if you need them.
Encourage your child to be involved by talking about the book. Share your feelings with each other during exciting or sad parts.
Check out video booktalks from Scholastic.
For great picture books read by popular actors, check out Storyline.
On-Line Book Lists:
Use the following links to help you find good books for children at all ages.
ALA Notable Children's Book List
International Reading Association
Oprah's Kids Reading List
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Jim Trelease's website, with excerpts from The Read-Aloud Handbook