Join the Family Read-Aloud Celebration, Feb. 7 – March 8

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Celebrate the pleasures and benefits of reading aloud!

February 7 – March 8, 2020

Join the Family Read-Aloud Celebration, sponsored by the Gonda Family Library and the Family School Alliance at UCLA Lab School.

We ask you to commit to reading aloud to your children at least 20 minutes each day. Our purpose is to help families develop a habit of reading aloud every day throughout and beyond elementary school. We’ll wrap up the celebration with a party for the whole school!

Ways to participate:

– Come to the kick-off assembly on Friday, Feb. 7, on the Blacktop

– Visit the Library page for read aloud suggestions

– Send us a photo of your family reading together and suggestions for our list of favorite read alouds:

– Come to the party on Sunday, March 8, 2-5 p.m.

Build A Read-Aloud Habit!

Books can introduce your family to interesting people, exciting places, thrilling adventures and intriguing information. Be sure to try many different types of books:
– Fiction
– Picture Books
– Poetry
– Myths
– Folklore
– Fairly Tales
– Science
– Biography
– History
– Sports
– Arts
– Other Non-Fiction

Benefits of Reading Aloud

Reading aloud helps a child to associate reading with pleasure, create background knowledge, and build vocabulary. It also provides children with a reading model.

The benefits of reading aloud don’t just apply to young children. Parents should continue reading aloud as their children grow because listening comprehension outpaces reading skills into middle school. In its 1985 report, Becoming a Nation of Readers, the Commission on Reading states, “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

Jim Trelease, in his Read-Aloud Handbook, has noted that almost as big a mistake as not reading to children at all is stopping too soon. Until about the 8th grade, children listen and comprehend on a higher level than their decoding skills allow them to read independently. This means children can hear and understand stories that are more complicated and more interesting than anything they can read on their own.

Did You Know?

When you read to your children, you reap some unexpected bonuses.

Your children:
– Improve as readers
– Do better in school
– Gain confidence
– Become more independent
– Appreciate a larger, richer world

– Take pleasure in watching your children become readers
– Enjoy favorite stories from your childhood
– Discover new books written since you were a child
– Have more free time when your child reads alone

(From Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read, by Bernice E. Cullinan, Scholastic, 2000)

Learn More

Reading Aloud / Reading Rockets

Start with a Book – Reading Aloud

Why it’s important to read aloud with your kids, and how to make it count

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own / New York Times

5  Reasons to Read Aloud to Your Child, Today and Always

“7 Reasons Why Reading Aloud to Older Kids is Still Very Important” / Between Us Parents

10 Reasons You Should Read Aloud to Big Kids, Too

“Lifesaving Power of Books” / U.S. News and World Report

The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book / Wall Street Journal