Reading aloud is a magical experience both in families and at school. At our school we believe in the importance of the experience of sharing stories aloud. Even as adults, it is a great experience to hear a book shared. It allows you to become completely engrossed in the magic of the experience as the words take you away to somewhere other than your every day life.
Once children are able to read themselves it is tempting to forego the special read aloud time that we share with them when they are young. Remembering back to your own childhood, can you remember having a story read aloud to you? I have a clear memory, FIFTY years later, of running back to school after lunch to hear my grade two teacher read Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. It magically transported my classmates and myself to a place where animals had exciting lives that humans were completely unaware of.
Children have empathy for animals and many children express that both fiction and non-fiction books on that topic are their first choice of subject. Sharing these books aloud engages their rich imaginations and helps them become writers.
This week we feature an exceptionally gifted author whose books have won many international book awards, including the Newberry and Caldecott. Kate DiCamillo is Ms. Griffin's favorite author. Her favorite book is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. It is the amazing story of an extremely vain china rabbit.
In addition to being a talented author, Kate is the National Ambassador for Children's Literature in the United States. She is passionate about reading, and sharing books aloud. Please click on the image to hear her speak about it.
Many of her books have been made into movies. I always recommend that you read the book first so that you have a chance to create pictures of characters and adventures in your own mind, rather than watching the ones created by the film studio. One of her books, Because of Winn Dixie, was made into a movie in 2005. Another of her books, The Tale of Despereaux, was made into a movie in 2008.
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