Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 156 pages
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Bestselling author and literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.

All parents want and expect their children to learn to read, but few realize they can get their kids on the road to reading long before they start school simply by reading aloud to them every day. With passion and humor, acclaimed author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox tells readers how she herself became aware of the astonishing effects that reading aloud and bonding through books have on very young children.

She speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most out of a read-aloud session. She walks readers through the three secrets of reading which together make reading possible. She gives guidance on defining, choosing, and finding good books and closes with tips on dealing effectively with the challenges that sometimes arise when children are learning to read.

Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a must for every parent-and for anyone interested in how children learn to read.


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I have enjoyed Reading Magic and would like to share this book with the parents in our parenting program. Reading Aloud is very important when you are trying to promote literacy in a family literacy program. The book is written so that professionals and parents can learn together. Read full review

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The Foot Book Miracle
The Magic in Action
Birth Brains and Beyond
The Power
Keep It Regular
And Do It Like This
Getting the Most Out of It
The First Secret of Reading The Magic of Print
The Third Secret of Reading The Magic of General Knowledge
What Happens When the Three Secrets of Reading Come Together
Book Book Book
Television The Good the Bad and the Ugly
The Proof

The Second Secret of Reading The Magic of Language

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About the author (2001)

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. JUDY HORACEK is the creator of the cartoons in Mem Fox's Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She also writes and illustrates books of her own and creates cartoons that are featured regularly in national magazines and newspapers in Australia. She lives in Dickson, Australia.

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