My initial transition into the role of school librarian involved many, many book recommendations. Just not the kind you might think. So many friends and colleagues came forwards with suggestions for books I should read (really, guys, this is how it works: I dish the books!).
But, since my colleagues and friends are so fantastic, the books were wonderful, as well. One of those books, lent by Upper School Director Jake Guadnola, is an absolutely classic in reading and literacy: Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook.
In this tome, Jim Trelease explains how reading aloud to kids can help children discover a love of reading. It’s full of evidence-based reading strategies and recommendations for books to read aloud for a variety of ages. The Read Aloud Handbook is the work I’m reading for my October professional development, and I hope it’s one you’ll stop by the library to check out as you explore the benefit and joy of reading aloud, as well.