I have this idea, which is perhaps just my own, that some books should be reserved for kids to read themselves, some books are better read aloud and some books are good both ways. I don’t know if I can totally express what the difference is. Certainly it’s a subjective sort of thing. However, I’m going to try to offer some guidelines.
A good read aloud book:
- Tells a simple story in rich language. Kids in early elementary school are ready to head Charlotte’s Web, but the vast majority aren’t read to read it yet because the language is too complex. Some books, like The Jamie and Angus Stories, which I keep recommending as a good first read aloud for younger children, will even be boring by the time kids are able to read them independently.
- Is enjoyable for the reader too. There’s nothing worse than having to…
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