How Tall is Your “To Read” Pile? Making Choices for Read Alouds

I have to admit that I’m most excited to talk about choices for read alouds because children’s books are my thing. Honestly, children come in to my house and are astounded by the kids books they see. And, though my kids have pretty full bookshelves, I have to admit that in this case it’s my personal children’s book collection that is shocking. I read picture books, chapter books, young adults on my own. Partly because

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Funny Read Aloud Favorites

Press Here, by Herve Tullet. This was the first book by Herve Tullet that I discovered and one of my favorites, though I do like a few of his others, too. It is wonderfully interactive as it invites kids to be a part of the book through simple directions (like, Press here.) He magically anticipates a child’s reaction and the “book” responds to the actions. Even though my kids now know they aren’t really controlling

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Just Read the Words, Right? How to Read Aloud

Now that we know that there are many good reasons to read aloud, it’s time to think about how to go about it. There’s a lot of resources out there on how to read aloud. Seems silly, right? Pick up a book and read. Sometimes that’s all there should be. So why are there whole books about reading aloud? Why is there a list on a bookmark at every library? Let’s talk about some “how-to”s

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Start With What You Know: Reading With Your Child

Start With What You Know: Reading With Your Child

You’ve heard it from everyone. You know to do it. But why? how? what to read? Some nights, you’re just so tired. Other afternoons, you’re just so busy. Your child has learned to read on their own, so you feel a little relieved that you can just let them go on their own. I’ve spent my adult life studying, reading research articles, and teaching literacy. Why do I know these things happens? Because I’ve experienced

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Welcome To The Reading Doctor!

Welcome To The Reading Doctor!

You are likely here because at one time or another, you’ve tried to find the answer to your child’s struggles in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, or any other area of literacy. There’s a lot of places to look for answers – other parents, teachers, the school, special programs you’ve bought, and many more. Sometimes (often) there’s no right answer, magical solution, or secret key. Trying different strategies and trial and error are often

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