Library Times

December 2015

Read to me!

December is also moving along quickly. As I was driving to school today listening to an audio book I was thinking about the vivid description the author had just given and how I love listening to books.

Do you read to your child(ren)? Do you read to them even if they are in upper elementary, middle school, or high school? Listening to reading builds students vocabulary and helps them to understand books they might not be able to read yet.

I found this quote from the article “Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable” by Holly Korbey MAY 14, 2013, very interesting.

“The first reason to read aloud to older kids is to consider the fact that a child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until about the eighth grade,” said Trelease, referring to a 1984 study performed by Dr. Thomas G. Sticht showing that kids can understand books that are too hard to decode themselves if they are read aloud. “You have to hear it before you can speak it, and you have to speak it before you can read it. Reading at this level happens through the ear.”

I had an 8th grade science teacher who read to us. I remember her books vividly and remember looking forward to her reading to us. I think it was the quietest our class ever was.

Take time to read to your child(ren). When you are traveling get an audio book you can all listen to and listen in the car, or play it on your device with speakers while you clean and work around the house.

Books of the Month

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. He has been an English and History teacher. Rick started out writing adult books and began writing children's books when he was creating the bedtime story, The Lightning Thief, for his oldest son.

His books include The Percy Jackson Series, The Heroes of Olympus Series, Kane Chronicles, and his newest Magnus Chase. These series cover, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology. He is also one of the authors that has created the 39 Clues series.

He now writes full time and lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

Stop by the library and check out his books!

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