Why Reading Aloud to Children Matters

RAHJim Trelease was for 20 years an award-winning artist and journalist before turning his career toward education in 1979.

He had been reading aloud to his two children each night, as his own father had once read to him. And he had been visiting classrooms as a volunteer, to talk about careers in art and journalism.

He began to notice that not many of the children he met read very much for pleasure, but the ones who did nearly always came from classrooms where the teachers read aloud daily and incorporated silent reading time into the daily routine.

He began to investigate the connection and discovered plenty of research written up in academic language in educational journals, but nothing for parents.

So he wrote and self-published The Read-Aloud Handbook. Then in 1982, Penguin USA picked up and published the book, and Dear Abby helped make it known to parents everywhere. It’s now in its seventh edition.

From 1983 to 2008, Jim lectured and wrote full-time, focused primarily focus on the impact of reading aloud to children at home and in school on the child’s educational development.

At Jim’s information-packed website, Trelease-on-Reading.com, you can read excerpts from the current edition of The Read Aloud Handbook, find downloadable parent brochures, and learn hundreds of fascinating facts about the power of reading aloud.

“Every time you read to a child, you’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain.”–Jim Trelease

So why am I writing about this subject here?

Because I wonder if children who are read to regularly and who learn to enjoy reading are more apt to view the Bible as a readable book as they grow up.

And oh, how I want them to read it!

SmallWTDOHere’s a book to add to your bedtime reading collection, my new Bible storybook Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers.



– Diane

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