How busy are the holidays? Amazingly, head-spinningly busy. Yet as we approach more opportunities for even more time with our families, let’s continue to maintain the many great habits we’ve employed in the past. After all, not a day goes by without a parent and child drops by the library after school to pick up a book to share together at home. And that, I think, is absolutely fantastic. So, be sure to keep scheduling in those 15 minute (or more) segments to sit down with your child, your youngster, your teenager and/or your spouse to listen and share reading together. Picture Book. Chapter book. Classic Book. Brand new book. Short stories. Long stories. Every option is a great option.
And for those looking to amp up their read aloud skills, check out Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook and Diane Frankenstein’s Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read. Both works are speedy reads themselves, and they’ll help you discover even more strategies you might employ to maximize the effects of reading together (at any age). Diane Frankenstein, for instance, encourages Conversational Reading: engaging with children in and around the telling of the book by sharing analytical questions to show true engagement around the material. For more on the importance of reading aloud (for all ages–I become such a better reader and thinker after pausing a bit with Selected Shorts or The New Yorker’s Fiction Podcast), check out the following infographic from Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a national nonprofit hoping to make reading aloud for 15 minutes a day the standard for child care. Or, check out Trelease and Frankenstein. Or, even better: take the breaks of the holiday season to add even more time to reading together with family and friends.
And need ideas where to start? Swing on by the library and we’ll get you set up with a few great options.