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This page provides links to many online resources with tips for reading aloud to children. These sources are generally not age specific and should be helpful for parents interested in reading aloud to their children of any age. If you are wondering why reading aloud to your child is important, find out here. Age specific resources can be found on the babies/preschoolers page and the school-aged children page of this website.

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  • RIF: Reading Aloud
    This website contains a wealth of information about reading aloud to children.
  • Have Book Bag, Will Travel: A Practical Guide to Reading Aloud
    This article, found on the Horn Book Magazine website, discusses when, what, and how to read aloud to your child. The article continues with recommended read aloud books for babies through middle schoolers.
  • Reading to Children is Essential
    This article emphasizes with urgency the need to read aloud to your children and provides suggestions for stimulating an interest in books for children who are not enthusiastic about reading, as well as suggestions for the non-reader parent to make sure that their child does not miss out.

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  • Family Reading Time
    This webpage discusses the importance of sharing books as a family and contains suggestions for fitting it into a busy schedule.
  • Fifteen Minute Reading Activities
    This is a list of reading aloud activities to do when you do not have the time or the energy for a traditional read aloud experience.
  • Reading to Children at Home
    This webpage lists ten ways that parents can incorporate reading aloud to/with their children into everyday home activities.

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  • Don'ts of Reading Aloud
    This links to a pamphlet of a dozen don'ts to remember when reading aloud to children.
  • Read Aloud Techniques
    This article quickly shares advice about how to read aloud to children. (NOTE: This link requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open. If you are having trouble opening this link, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.)
  • Techniques for Reading to Children
    This webpage provides simple guidelines suggested for the read aloud experience: before, during, and after.
  • Tips on Reading Aloud
    Children's book expert Kathleen Odean offers tips for parents on reading aloud and also includes a list of recommended chapter books for this purpose.

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  • Elementary Library
    This website offers stories and activities that go together with a common theme. There is also a "Preschool Library" that can be accessed through this page with its own stories and themes.
  • Fun Activities for the Pre-Reader
    This page lists a number of activities that you and your child can enjoy that are all connected to reading aloud stories. The activities are divided into those most appropriate for visual, auditory, and physical learners and many of these ideas would be fun to do with elementary school aged children, as well, in order to make some additional fun with reading aloud!
  • How to Get the Most from any Story After You've Read to you Kids
    This webpage lists activities that you and your child can do after reading the story is over in order to make the reading aloud experience even more fun!

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