"Mother Goose Stories" (Frederick Sands Brunner 1886-1954)
Three decades have passed since The Read Aloud Handbook was first published in 1982. So who is Jim Trelease? He's a dad (now a grandfather) and retired journalist, artist, and lecturer who is passionate about reading aloud to kids...
|This is the edition I had, printed in 1985|
True story: One afternoon, a few years after discovering Mr. Trelease's book (thanks to my mother-in-law, who was a first grade teacher at the time), I came across a magazine article that really frustrated me. It was written by a mom who had basically given up reading to her son because he didn't like it! I think she sarcastically mentioned some classics and how only girls like them.
I picked up the phone immediately. Jim's adult daughter had seen my letter in the magazine and had told him about it. He was calling to thank me. Of course I thanked him! (My kids still tease me about how long I left that message on our machine!)
Here's an excerpt from the introduction to the seventh edition of this invaluable book:
In the thirty years since the first edition of this book, much has changed in the world, as well as in American education. And so, too, the book has evolved.
Back in 1982, there was no Internet or email, no cell phones, DVD players, iTunes, iPods, iPads, Amazon, e-books, Wi-Fi, or Facebook. The closest thing to an "instant message" was a facial expression that exasperated mothers gave their children. "Texting" was something you did on a typewriter. The first CD player was just going on sale, Starbucks was just a coffee-bean shop in Seattle, and if you said "laptop" to people they'd have thought you were talking about some kind of TV-dinner tray...
Want more? The Read Aloud Handbook, 7th Edition, is now available, with revised and updated chapters, and the ever-valuable "Treasury of Read-Alouds" (over 300 recommended books!) at the back of the book with nine categories of books and their descriptions, listed alphabetically by title. There is also an author/illustrator index.
Chapter titles include:
Why Read Aloud?
Digital Learning: Good News and Bad News
Dad - What's the Score?
A Hyper Kid's Road to Reading
Can't wait? Before you get this new edition from your bookstore or local library, you can peruse Jim's excellent website at no charge - here.
Didn't we tell you? Reading aloud costs nothing but time!