Reading Aloud with Your Family
Celebrate Family Reading Night Every Week, All Year Long

Why you should read to your kids
How to make reading together a family tradition
Stories to read aloud
More good books and how to share them

Why You Should Read to Your Kids

Children can listen to stories that are three to four grade levels higher than their own reading level. Children must be exposed to new vocabulary words so that they can integrate those words into their speaking, reading, and writing. Watching television does not expose children to the grammar and organization of the written word. Primetime television shows are generally written at a middle school level and do not provide the breadth of vocabulary that developing minds need.

Listening to stories will help foster a love of stories and reading. Make it a positive experience. Stories reach both the mind and the heart. Stories teach compassion, courage, and love. Your children will feel more connected to others. Children will also do better in school if they have experienced many stories. This helps to provide a framework for learning.

The more your child reads, the better your child will be at writing. Writing is a critical communication skill that will benefit them throughout their lives.

How to Make Reading Together a Family Tradition

  • Get everybody together.
  • Shut off the TV.
  • Put on the answering machine and don't take any calls.
  • Forget the dishes and chores for one hour.
  • Read stories together and talk about them!
  • Even high school kids will benefit from this special family time.
  • On special holidays when the extended family is gathered together, have a special story time and get the rest of the family in on the tradition you have started!
  • Everyone loves a good story.

Stories to Read Aloud

365 Bedtime Stories. 1998.
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Balducci, Rita et al. Pooh Anytime Stories Collection. 1996.
Baltuck, Naomi. Apples From Heaven: Multicultural Folktales About Stories and Storytellers. 1995.
J 398.2 BAL
Best-Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival.. 1991.
Adult Uni-corner 398.2 B
The Book of Dragons. 1995.
J 398.2454 B
The Candlewick Book of Bedtime Stories. 1995.
J 808.88 C
Classic Animal Stories. 1991.
J 398.245 C
Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children. 1984.
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Colwell, Eileen H. A Second Storyteller's Choice. 1965.
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Colwell, Eileen H. A Storyteller's Choice: A Selection of Stories, With Notes on How to Tell Them. 1963.
J 808.83 C
Courage to Adventure: Stories of Boys and Girls Growing Up With America. 1976.
J 813.008 C
Detective Stories. 1998.
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The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury. 1989.
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Girls to the Rescue, Book #2: Tales of Clever, Courageous Girls from Around the World. 1995.
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Hamilton, Martha and Weiss, Mitch. Stories in My Pocket: Tales Kids Can Tell. 1996.
J 372.64 H
Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Side by Side: Poems to Read Together. 1988.
J 811.008 S
Join In: Multiethnic Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1993.
P/T 813.008 J
MacCaulay, Teresa. Non-Violent Stories and Poems for Children. 1996.
P/T 818.54
The Magic Umbrella, and Other Stories for Telling With Notes On How To Tell Them. 1976.
J 808.8 M
More Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children. 1986.
P/T 808.8 M
Olcott, Frances Jenkins. Good Stories for Great Holidays: Arranged for Story-Telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading. 1942.
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The Old Fashioned Storybook. 1985.
J 398.21 O
The Oxford Treasury of Children's Stories. 1994.
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Pellowski, Anne. The Storytelling Handbook: A Young People's Collection of Unusual Tales and Helpful Hints On How To Tell Them. 1995.
J 372.642 P
Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young. 1986.
JE 811.008 R
The Read Aloud Treasury. 1988.
JE 808.8 R
Sierra, Judy and Kaminski, Robert. Multicultural Folktales: Stories to Tell Young Children. 1991.
J 398.2 S
Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends. 1974.
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Stories For Me!: A Read-Aloud Treasury for Young Children. 1998.
JE 808.83 S
Stories to Tell a Five-Year-Old. 1996.
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Stories to Tell a Six-Year-Old. 1997.
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Tales for Telling: From Around the World. 1992.
J 398.2 T
A Treasury of Pet Stories. 1997.
J 813.008 T
Young Mutants. 1984.
J 808.83876 Y
The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings. 1997.
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Zorn, Steve. Classic American Folk Tales. 1992.
J 398.20973 Z

More Good Books and How to Share Them

Barton, Bob. Tell Me Another: Storytelling and Reading Aloud at Home, at School, and in the Community. 1986.
P/T 649.58 B
Bryant, Sara Cone. How to Tell Stories to Children. 1905.
Adult 372.6 B
Collins, Chase. Tell Me A Story: Creating Bedtime Tales Your Children Will Dream On. 1992.
Adult 808.068 C
Crago, Maureen. Prelude to Literacy: a Preschool Child's Encounter With Picture and Story. 1983.
Adult 155.413 C
Cullinan, Bernice. Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read. 1992.
P/T 649.58 C
Donavin, Denise Perry, editor. Best of the Best for Children. 1992.
P/T 011.62 B
Fontaine, Elizabeth L. Reading Aloud to Your Child: a Parent's Guide. 1985.
P/T 649.58 F
Freeman, Judy. Books Kids Will Sit Still For: The Complete Read-Aloud Guide. 1990.
P/T 011.62 F ed.2
Kimmel, Margaret Mary and Segel, Elizabeth. For Reading Out Loud! A Guide to Sharing Books with Children. 1989.
J 028.162 K
Kobrin, Beverly. Eyeopeners II: Children's Books to Answer Children's Questions about the World Around Them. 1995.
P/T 809.89282 K
Marsh, Valerie. Terrific Tales to Tell: From the Storyknifing Tradition. 1997.
P/T 372.677 M
McElmeel, Sharron L. Great New Nonfiction Reads. 1995.
Youth Reference 028.162 M
McElmeel, Sharron L. The Latest and Greatest Read-Alouds. 1994.
Adult 372.41 M
McEwan, Elaine. How to Raise A Reader. 1987.
P/T 649.58 M
Moore, Robin. Awakening the Hidden Storyteller: How to Build a Storytelling Tradition in Your Family. 1991.
Adult 808.543 M Oversize
Pellowski, Anne. The Family Storytelling Handbook: How to Use Stories, Anecdotes, Rhymes, Handkerchiefs, Paper and Other Objects to Enrich Your Family Traditions. 1987.
J 027.6251 P
Smith, Charles A. From Wonder to Wisdom: Using Stories to Help Children Grow. 1989.
Adult 027.6251 S
Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook. 4th Edition. 1995.
Adult 372.6 T
Winkel, Lois and Kimmel, Susan. Mother Goose Comes First, An Annotated Guide to the Best Books and Recordings for Your Preschool Child. 1990.
P/T 011.62 W