o many teachers and administrators asked Jim Trelease that question, one of his first retirement projects was to create a series of such free handouts. Based on his books, lectures, and films, the tri-fold double-sided brochures are aimed at parents, teachers, librarians—even future teachers and parents.
Written in an uncomplicated, to-the-point style, along with some of the charts and statistics Jim has used in his books and lectures, the brochures are free for downloading and may be easily duplicated by nonprofit institutions dealing with parents and community members. More than 750 school districts and libraries world-wide have downloaded them in the last two years.
The subject matter includes:
- Why reading is the most important subject in school;
- How a child becomes competent in reading;
- The importance of a child reading outside school;
- Why it's essential for parents to read aloud to children;
- Listening levels versus reading levels;
- How the mere presence of print in the home influences a child's reading skills;
- The negative impact of over-viewing of TV and video games;
- How TV's "closed-captioning" can help a child's reading;
- The positive effects of recorded books.
- The things to be sure to do when reading to children and the things to avoid;
- Why is it that some people read a lot and some (even very educated people) read very little?
- How effective is summer reading? Don't kids need a break from school and reading?
- The more you read, the longer you live. The proof is in the formula that shows reading to be the most powerful social force in America;
- Who has the time these days to read to children?
- Where can I find lists of good read-alouds, as well as inexpensive books?
How do we obtain the brochures?
First, email Jim Trelease (click HERE) and seek permission to print the brochures, including in your correspondence the name and address of the requesting organization, its nonprofit status, and how it will be used. If clicking in the previous paragraph fails to bring up your email, type the following into your email application: . Jim's email response to you (usually within 48 hours) will allay any fears your printer may have about reprinting a copyrighted item. Then control/option-click on the name of the brochure below and the brochure's PDF file will be downloaded to your computer. Each is a megabyte in size and may take a minute to download. Burn it to a disc (or email it) for your printing facility. The item should be printed to both sides of a single sheet. It's easier than pie, if you've ever tried to bake a pie—a lot easier!
- Ten Facts Parents Should Know About Reading (Spanish version below)
- Diez hechos que los padres deben entender sobre la lectura-Spanish translation
- Ten Facts Parents Should Know About Reading-Russian translation
- Why Read Aloud to Children?
- Thirty DO's to Remember When Reading Aloud
- Thirty DO's to Remember When Reading Aloud-Russian translation
- A Dozen DON'Ts to Remember When Reading Aloud
- Fathers, Sons, & Reading
- Padres, Hijos, y la Lectura (Spanish translation)
- Why Some Read a Lot and Some Read Very Little (perfect for faculty/parent discussion)
- The Connection Between TV & School Scores
- Summer Reading: Where the real damage occurs
- E-books and E-learning: Not so fast! (scientists look at the pros and cons)
- READING: The Most Powerful Social Force in America
- Two Families Every Parent Should Meet: One home produced a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, the other a world-famous brain surgeon—all while living in poverty.
- Questions Parents
Always Ask About Reading Aloud
- Read-Aloud Picture Books: Infants to Toddlers (with synopses of 13 recommended books for this age group)
- Read-Aloud Picture Books: for Preschoolers (with synopses of 13 recommended books for this age group)
- Classic Picture Books Every Child Should Experience (with synopses of 15 classic tales)
- History Through Picture Books (with synopses of excellent historical picture books)
- Picture Books About Children of Courage and Fortitude (with synopses of 14 tales)
- Great Read-Aloud Picture Books for Upper Primary (13 entertaining and discussion-provoking titles)
- Kindergarten-Chapter Books (bridging the gap between picture books and novels)
- Let's Read That Again! (picture books too good to read just once)
- More booklist brochures currently
are in development.
FREE Posters on reading and reading aloudFor quick preview of all posters, click PREVIEW
There are now more than twenty 11x17 posters about reading and its importance, all created by author Jim Trelease and based on his books and lectures.The posters (PDF files) may be freely downloaded via the Web and for printing by your local print shop for as little as 22 cents each (depending on how you are printing them). The posters come in full color; grayscale; or black and white. They are intended for use by nonprofit organizations and schools only. The posters are free and your only cost is your local printing.
All poster previews can be found initially at PREVIEW where individual links are located for the Box.com site for larger previews and/or downloading.
TWO POSTER TOPIC SAMPLES::
Dads-reading-poster (11x17) Poster portrays father building sand castles at beach with two small children. TEXT: "It’s no surprise, when dads are involved kids make better sand castles. And research shows when dads are involved with books, kids (especially boys) make better grades. Pick it up, Dad"
How Reading Aloud builds vocabularies (11x17 inches) POSTER portrays mother reading to child, along with large bowl (listening vocabulary) pouring into three smaller bowls (speaking, reading, and writing vocabularies), demonstrating the poster's message: "How can you speak, read, or write the word if you've never heard the word?"
Simple printing instructions are available at each poster's download page. They are also available here at INSTRUCTIONS.
Would any of the brochures apply to the faculty?
Anyone trying to raise readers
will benefit. Furthermore,
Some Read A Lot and Some Read Very Little" deals
with both adults and children. Teachers often tell me their
spouses never read for pleasure and some even whisper that
they themselves seldom read for pleasure. There's an explanation
for this and exploring it can make for a lively
and enlightening faculty discussion. The brochure explains
"Fraction of Selection," a little known but fascinating
formula that explains why, what, and how much (or little)
we read. Just as you can't catch a cold from someone who
doesn't have one, it's near to impossible to catch the
love of reading from someone who doesn't have it themselves.
Similarly, the brochure Why
Read Aloud to Children? may convince
some faculty to read to students who already
know how to read. And many will find some cogent
arguments on the use of books over computers in E-books and E-learning: Not so fast! (scientists look at the pros and cons)
Can we read a brochure's contents before downloading it?
Simply click on the name of the brochure (above) and it will open the PDF file for viewing on your browser or in Adobe Acrobat Reader. (By not holding down the option or control keys while clicking, you avoid the download until you're ready. Below are sample excerpts from the brochure materials.
|Should you encounter problems using the above method, the same brochures are available at Trelease Download — you'll be able to preview and/or download individual files.|
THE top rodeo riders or winter Olympians come from states where they have more horses and cattle or more snow and ice. And reading research shows that children who come from homes with the most print—books, magazines, and newspapers—have the highest reading scores. They also use the library more than those with lower scores. Libraries have the most and best books in the world—all for free. Remember: a used-book for 50 cents—the ones in garage sales or thrift shops—has the same words in it as a brand new copy for $12.95. Reading families use the 3 B’s (to help the 3 R’s): Books, Bathroom, and Bed Lamp. Make sure there’s a box for books and magazines in the bathroom for idle or captive moments, and add one near the kitchen table. Install a reading lamp near the child’s bedside and allow the privilege of staying up 15 minutes later to read (or look at pictures) in bed. It just might be the best night-school he’ll ever attend.
AS much as anything else, children are little sponges, soaking up the behavior and values of the dominant people around them.
— from Fathers, Sons & Reading
26. Add a third dimension to the book whenever possible. For example, have a bowl of blueberries ready to be eaten during or after the reading of Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal.
3. Don’t feel, as a teacher, that you must tie every book to class work. Don’t confine the broad spectrum of literature to the narrow limits of the curriculum. Would you want every-thing you did all day tied to a sermon? The object is to create a life-time reader, not a school-time reader. That goal will never be reached if a student thinks reading is always associated with work or sweat.
of how the number of distractions impedes the amount
of reading can be found in The
Read-Aloud Handbook where
I describe the decline in reading among citizens
in the country that has long led the world in per-capita
readership of books, magazines, and newspapers—Japan.
Because it is a commuting nation in which citizens
spend hours each day on mass transit, they had
large amounts of time in which to read. But after
four decades of increase, suddenly readership dropped.
Why? The arrival of technological distractions:
video games, cell phones, laptops, Blackberries,
etc. As distractions rose, readership dropped—in
spite of high literacy rates.
— from Why Read Aloud to Children?
WHETHER you’re a high- or low-end user of TV, one thing should be done to make the most of it whenever it’s in use: turn on closed-captioning. Finland’s children don’t start formal schooling until age-seven, yet achieve the highest reading scores in the world. Finnish families also are among the highest users of closed-captioning because more than half of everything shown on Finnish TV is captioned (most of the shows’ dialogs are in languages other than Finnish). To understand such shows, a child must be able to read Finnish— and read it fast!
THERE is an axiom in education that says “you get dumber in the summer.” A two-year study of 3,000 students in Atlanta, Georgia, attempted to see if that was true and found that everyone—top student and bottom student—learns more slowly in the summer but some do worse than slow down; they actually go into reverse, as you can see in the chart above.
— from Summer Reading
MRS. PITTS COULDN'T afford expensive tutoring classes. Instead, she tutored him herself—by listening, enthusing, and reading. She couldn't afford high-priced "eye-contact" tutors but she skimped to buy him a toy typewriter when he was eight, and a used-one when he was 14. Loose change? Just enough so her son could buy the latest "Spider-Man" and "Fantastic Four" comic books. What Mrs. Pitts was doing is one of the great trade secrets in American education. It’s called parenting. Of all the teaching methods, it’s the one that works best. And what Mrs. Pitts produced in the poverty of L.A. was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer.
[Reading aloud to the child] makes a pleasure connection between child and print. No one is born wanting to either play basketball or to read. That desire must be planted by someone outside the child. The parent (or teacher or grandparent) who reads to a child is planting seeds, making a connection to print that doesn’t hurt, that entices and gratifies instead. Homework, workbooks, and tests seldom accomplish that. Simply put, reading to the child amounts to a commercial for reading.