If there's one book that I love more than any other is has to be the Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. (Seriously, run, don't walk, to your nearest library or book store to get a copy!) If you are a person (parent, teacher, aunt, uncle, grandparent, loving neighbor, or anyone else born on planet Earth) who is passionate about reading with your family then this book is a must have for you. I've owned this book for years and loved it for years. It has helped me countless times as a teacher. But, now I get the joy of rediscovering it as a parent! As a teacher I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book and wish I could afford to buy copies for all of my student's parents every year.
There's almost too many good things to say about this book, but I'll list my top 5 reasons this book is so great.
1. The treasury of read alouds in the back. If you've ever wondered what to read to your child, this will solve your problem today and for years to come. If this book was only a lists of books it would still be worth buying, but it is so much more!
2. The book makes the often hard to understand topic of reading instruction seem easy to understand.
3. Inspiring writing about the impact that reading to a child can have on all aspect of his/her life. (And, honest writing about the damage that can occur when a child isn't read to.)
4. Simple tips to help you make the most of your read aloud time with your family.
5. Tips on how to create a reader friendly home.
The only negative I can say (and it is seriously the only one) is that the latest edition was printed in 2006. I'd love to see him update this and release a newer edition. Which, of course, I'd be first in line to buy!