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"S"ince writing his million-copy bestseller, The Read-Aloud Handbook, in 1982, Jim Trelease has traveled to all 50 states and abroad, advocating the benefits of reading aloud to children.

IN doing so, he's won the applause of both teachers and parents for his pleas in behalf of literacy efforts that contain less "pain" and more focus on turning books into friends, not enemies.

WHILE more than 60 U.S. colleges use his Handbook as a text for education students, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, and Spanish editions now reach parents and teachers worldwide, and inspired the successful "All of Poland Reads to Kids" campaign in Europe.


FREE Reading Brochures for Parents — the perfect handouts!
If you're looking for concise, single-page brochures aimed at parents that include highlight facts from Jim's seminars, films, and books, check out "Reading Brochures for Parents " for free downloads.

Having done more than 2500 presentations in the last 30 years, Jim retired from public speaking on Jan. 31, 2008. In this LETTER, he looks back at the highs and lows of those decades, what he learned and the people who taught him the most.

A veteran K-2 librarian is pitted against an "on-task" principal who wants those K-2 students in front of terminals
and doing research — not sitting on floor mats listening to literature. Guess who loses? See THE ANGRY GIANT.

image of dice and stack of booksTake the gamble out of your
read-aloud choices!
Jim Trelease's Treasury of Read-Alouds offers hundreds of choices for all ages.

cover-read-aloud handbookThe Read-Aloud Handbook — 6th ed.
More than 40 chapter excerpts are here from the all-time bestselling guide to children's books and reading for parents and teachers.
The huge (and 'secret') differences in vocabulary between rich, working class, and poverty children, and how it impacts school scores.
image of watch dogCensorship and children's literature
Are they watch dogs or mad dogs? Sometimes it's hard to tell, so be prepared. Eight pages of issues and answers.

mage of child and rain gutter book shelvesRain Gutters for Book Shelves?
You can make your shelves look like Barnes & Noble's via your local hardware store — and it's inexpensive. RAIN GUTTERS!

Link RotFrustrated by the Web's broken links —Error 404? Relax. Your "missing" page is waiting for you at the WayBackMachine — the free Internet Archive with 90 billion pages.

The Debate About Online Reading
What are the ramifications of a generation reading more online than offline? Here's a DIRECTORY of articles on the subject — pro and con.

NOW you can view an eight-minute segment from Jim Trelease's film as a Flash video here online.
Ohio principal apologizes for what students missed while pursuing higher test scores. Nothing better portrays the sorry state of test-teaching than this apology from a 24-year principal at an "excellent-rated" school.
image=empty chairsSchool Principals:
Tired of empty audiences for parent programs? Read how one principal always draws a full house in her working-class community.
img=toothpaste and brushWHEN a school superintendent had enough of the absurdities in state testing, he wrote and distributed a parody that will leave you thinking (and smiling) : No Dentist Left Behind.
image of buring school notebookThe damage of NCLB & Reading First
Follow the trail of destruction by No Child Left Behind, including the corruption and chicanery in the Texas "education miracle."
A father's reading rule: 'You can't come home'

img-vernon jordanWhen Vernon Jordan's father learned his son had the lowest reading scores of his incoming college class, he laid down a "reading rule" to the future civil rights activist and Washington power broker. Listen as Jordan explains the rule in a 2-minute excerpt from NPR's Diane Rehm Show.

Hundreds of Author Online Interviews
img=npr logoPublic radio and TV archives are a treasure-trove of author interviews with people like Tomie dePaola, Walter Dean Myers, Lois Lowry, Kate DiCamillo, Avi, as well as programs on education issues like Alfie Kohn's argument and research on eliminating homework. More at Mindful Listening Online.
img=mah formulaSchramm's Fraction of Selection
Check out the simple math equation explaining why some literate people read a lot and others read very little. Then apply it to children.
PARENTS: Before there were books-on-tape there were old-time radio dramas. As exercise for the imagination, they beat DVDs in the car, and now thousands are available as MP3 files for as little as 10¢ a show. Click Old Time Radio.
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In 2003, Jim Trelease's Web site was one of 22 selected for inclusion in the American Library Association's "Great Web Sites" for kids. The entire list can be found online at:
Tomas Friedman imgThe best public speech Jim Trelease has ever heard was delivered by Pultizer-winner Thomas Friedman, explaining how he came to write his bestseller, The World Is Flat. You can hear the speech in its entirety at Friedman speech.
• • How to read a book you DON't want to read • •
Jim's nine-minute video can be seen on YouTube and Vimeo now, and can be embedded freely in your school or library web page. It also can be viewed here. Aimed at reluctant teen and preteen readers, it applies as well to reluctant adult readers—maybe to us all.
logo for read-aloud of weekWEEKLY FEATURES: EACH WEEK the site features a Read-Aloud Choice of the Week (from either new titles or favorites listed in the Treasury of The Read-Aloud Handbook) and a Weekly Essay on education matters by Jim Trelease or others.
BOOKS AND TIES THAT BIND — for 3,218 straight nights
A single-dad and his daughter ran a read-aloud streak from elementary school to her first day at college, from Baum to the Bard. The end result was an iron-clad bond with each other as well as with books. And one more thing: a 3.94 grade-point average for 4 years of college. Dad-Daughter streak raises the read-aloud bar.
This intriguing online application is a hot tool for political speechwriters but can have
very diverse uses in the classroom — from creating word-cloud poems to teaching
writing in graphic terms. Intrigued? Read on at WORDLE.
You'll love it.

Jim Trelease's programs are now available in CD and DVD formats, complete with an additional 25 minutes as a CD-bonus and an 8-minute DVD bonus. Author Wilson Rawls' (Where the Red Fern Grows) heart-warming life story, told in his own words, also is available as a CD. Details at Products.

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