Can there be anything that is comprehensive enough to address a whole range of lockup syndromes of our current lives? Meet the “Read Aloud Movement” started by one man in 1979 with his first edition of the book >Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook: Eighth Edition Revised Edition
I have not had a chance to explore the resources to look for read aloud opportunities but I would welcome anyone to join with me to create a zoom-like group for reading to kids – like group readings. Rehearsals would be great fun!
Read how a passion for helping others in need turned into a worldwide movement: (Read Aloud Resources see below)
From the source >Jim Trelease’s Bio Page :
“While working for a Massachusetts daily newspaper (the Springfield Daily News, now the Springfield Republican) as an artist and writer, he began weekly volunteer visits to community classrooms, talking with children about journalism and art as careers. At the same time, he and his wife Susan were raising their two children (Elizabeth and Jamie). A daily ritual for Jim was reading aloud to his children, largely at that point because his father had read to him…Soon, however, the nightly ritual would coincide with one of his classroom observations.
“Most of the students he visited (about 40 schools a year) didn’t read very much for pleasure, but the ones who did nearly always came from classrooms where the teachers read aloud daily and incorporated sustained silent reading into the daily routine. ..Thinking there might be a connection between being read to and how much the child wanted to read, Jim investigated to see if any research was available on the subject. Sure enough, there was lots of it— but nearly always published in education journals or written in academic language that would be foreign to the average parent or teacher.
“The dearth of accessible material inspired him to write and self-publish the first edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook in 1979. “I self-published because I never thought any of the major publishers would be interested in it. At that point, ‘reading aloud’ was too simple and not painful enough to do the child any good. At least, that’s what many educators thought,” he says in hindsight. But that mindset would soon change.
“Discovered accidentally by a then-fledgling literary agent named Raphael Sagalyn, the book came to the attention of Penguin USA after six other publishers turned it down. In 1982, they published an expanded edition. Touted by “Dear Abby” in February of 1983, it spent 17 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
“By 1985, the U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on Reading was calling “reading aloud to children” the single most important activity one could do to raise a reader.
“The first Penguin edition of the Handbook was followed by six more U.S. editions, along with British, Australian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indonesian versions. It was the inspiration for PBS’s “Storytime” series, and is now the all-time bestselling guide to children’s literature for parents and teachers — nearly 2 million copies sold to date world-wide.
The Handbook is now used as a text for future teachers at more than 60 colleges and universities. ..Featured on “The Larry King Show,” profiled in Smithsonian (Feb. ’95), Reader’s Digest (July ’95), and U.S. News & World Report (Mar. 17, 1986), Trelease was one of the U.S.’s most sought-after education speakers, addressing parents, teachers, and librarians on the subjects of children, literature, and television. He presented in all 50 states and was a frequent keynoter for national education conferences. His final year of public lectures and seminars was 2008 but he continues to maintain his Web site with reviews of new children’s books.
“Between 1979 and 2008, Trelease’s work was a pivotal force for numerous read-aloud movements in both the U.S. and abroad. Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Hawaii launched state-wide campaigns based on Jim’s book and seminars, as did one European country. (read the full web page at the source link above)
Below is a list of links on the read aloud movement from Jim Trelease’s website on the book and on the internet. I highly recommend personal exploration of these resources for reading aloud activities for all of your family, any age, and for volunteers to find read aloud opportunities online.
>Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook FAQs and read much of the book online.
>Jim Trelease The Read Aloud Handbook (Wikipedia)