“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.”
For this month’s challenge we’re going to read a book aloud to someone or listen to an audiobook.
If you’re a parent, I’m strongly encouraging you to read a book aloud to your child(ren). There are so many good reasons and lots of research that proves how important it is to read aloud to kids.
Think your kids are too old?
This article might give you a different perspective:
“Research indicates that motivation, interest, and engagement are often enhanced when teachers read aloud to middle school students,” wrote research authors Lettie K. Albright and Mary Ariail. Teachers surveyed for the study cited modeling as their number-one reason for reading aloud.
Trelease acknowledged that modeling the pleasure of reading is important, but there are more reasons read-alouds work so well — like “broadening the menu.”
I read aloud to my children during school but I also read aloud to my kids because it’s great cuddle time, it sparks their imaginations, broadens their perspectives and gives us plenty to discuss.
Need more encouragement? Read this article.
I completely understand if you don’t have someone to read aloud to, and in that case, I’m going to suggest listening to an audiobook. Just recently I started listening to audiobooks via Audible. I love it! It’s great entertainment when we’re driving or when I’m doing chores around the house. With audiobooks, I’m able to squeeze in more reading during the day. Another perk: a great narrator can really bring stories to life.
I’m going to combine the two and listen to an audiobook with my kids. We’re going to listen to “The BFG” by Roald Dahl on Audible. BFG stands for “Big Friendly Giant” and the story is about a little girl who finds herself in a mysterious and terrifying world filled with human “bean” eating giants (except for the BFG, of course). They set out on an adventure to stop these giants from snacking on any more humans. We are big Roald Dahl fans – his stories are so interesting, nutty and funny. Added bonus: when we finish reading it, we’ll go see the movie!
Your Turn: What book are you going to read and are you going to read it aloud or try it as an audiobook? And please share any great audiobook book or read aloud suggestions in the comments as well!