“The more you read, the better you get, the more better you get, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.”
— Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook
If there’s one thing I know, reading aloud to your kids is one of the most enjoyable, educational and entertaining times a parent can spend with their child.
It’s one of the few times when parents and children are equals. Equals in that the story unfolds before you together. With each book, you take a journey and neither knows where it will lead. Every twist, every turn, every up, and every down is experienced in the minds of both child and parent at the same time through the listeners own unique lens.
Unlike a movie, it’s easy to pause and talk about what you’re thinking. Unlike tv, the pictures aren’t given to you, they’re imagined. Unlike so many things, the parent isn’t the teacher, he or she is a learner too.
The genre of children’s literature is vast. The number of wonderful stories is easily more than you could read in a lifetime. The worlds to explore are infinite.
Simply put, it’s magic.
Read aloud to my kids tonight. It was magic.