I am really glad I chose to read this book! After 25 years of teaching (yeah, I know I'm getting old!) it's nice to be affirmed in the value of Read Alouds. I'm grateful that I have not had to fight for this time with my administrators over the years. With all the pressure and stress of testing, I have less control over my schedule and so the time I have for storytime hasn't always been the best. This year I will definitely be looking to put that in a place that would be most beneficial to my students.
Thanks again to you, Kim, for the book and for the support you are bringing to classroom teachers!!
I almost didn't pick this book because I thought I had heard it all before. Wrong! So glad this was an option and I will be promoting it with the my fellow teachers. Dr. Layne is a great cheerleader in his promotion and defense of read alouds in the classroom. His book has inspired me to be more proactive in promoting read aouds to our school community.
I've been pulling some old books from our library shelves that I think someone read to me as a child but can't quite remember. This summer I brought home, Uncle Wiggily's Picture Book by Howard Garis (1922). I just flipped open to the first page, Uncle Wiggily's Welcome:
Opening the covers of a book is like opening the front door of a house, so that you may go inside and have jolly times. And how good is it when some one who loves you stands at the door and says:
"Oh, how glad I am to see you!"
That is what I say to you now, as you open this book.
"Come in and have some jolly fun with me!"
So then, having opened the covers of this book, come in and read! Stay as long as you wish, and, when you go out, invite some one else to enter.
Your loving friend,
What a great invitation to read a book! Here's to all of us standing at the door of books, welcoming children into them!
Thanks Kim for recommending this book and providing a forum for discussion. From reading this book and the comments of others, I'm looking forward to adding some new titles to my read-aloud repertoire this year. I also appreciated Layne's concise summary of research highlighting the value of reading aloud and am glad to have a source to turn to if I ever need to defend the the practice.
I enjoyed this book very much and am very glad for the chance I had to read it! I appreciated all the comments and pieces of advice I was able to take from teachers more experienced than myself. Steven Layne's conversational voice made this an easy and interesting read the whole way through. I learned so much from him and loved all the research that he sited in support of the read aloud. This summer has been filled with children's books for me, and I loved it! I feel a whole new excitement for reading aloud and the coming school year.
What an excellent Saturday rainy day read that I just couldn't put down that totally brightened my day and confirmed my beliefs!!! Dr. Steven Layne's down to earth approach with humor and research leaves one feeling refreshed, renewed, challenged, and involved in the whole read aloud conversation. The resources, the letters shared, and multiple book recommendations make this book a must keep!!!
Ditto Ashley on the summer of Children's books and excitement for new read alouds!!!! LET's KEEP SHARING!!!
Thank you, Kim, for the opportunity to read this book and share comments/ideas/concerns/book titles with others. I enjoyed Layne's writing style, as well as his validation for read alouds. I am charged up about making some adjustments to my read alouds, and am excited to try out some new titles in the upcoming year. Happy 2015-2016 school year!
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries