Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook.
It has been 24 years since I was first read the second edition of this book and I'm so glad I read this newest edition. Jim Trelease shares his love of the written word in such a great way. He discusses a number of studies that have been done on the impact of reading to children. And he also relates many personal stories from his own life and from the lives of others. I appreciate that he talks of the written word. This means not just books but anyplace you can read words, such as magazines, newspapers, comic books, closed captions on the television. These are all tools that get words into the minds of children. He includes tips for helping our children read, tips for using technology, and a treasury of many books that can help parents and teachers. He states that the "easiest self-improvement is through reading." The more we read the better we become at all areas of our lives. As parents or teachers we must be the examples. Set aside time everyday for silent reading and reading aloud for ourselves and for our children.
If you want your child to be successful in all areas of life, I highly recommend reading this book. Parents and educators alike need to make the written word part of our daily lives just as breathing is a part of our daily lives.
Happy Daily Reading