No player in the NBA was born wanting to play basketball. The desire to play ball or to read must be planted. The last 25 years of research show that reading aloud to a child is the oldest, cheapest and must successful method of instilling that desire. Shooting baskets with a child creates a basketball player; reading to a child creates a reader.

— Jim Trelease

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The more you read, the better you get, the more better you get, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.


Reading aloud is the best advertisement because it works.

It allows a child to sample the delights of reading and conditions him to believe that reading is a pleasureful experience, not a painful or boring one.


Students who read the most also read the best, achieve the most, and stay in school the longest. Conversely, those who dont read much cannot get better at it.


Instead of educating the I.Q., we need to educate the H.Q., the heart quotient, the matters of truth, love, justice, and compassion. There are two ways to do this. One is through the read life experiences and the other is through literature. Literature has the power to take us outside ourselves and returns to ourselves a changed self.


A nation that does not read much does not know much.

And a nation that does not know much is more likely to make poor choices in the home, the marketplace, the jury box, and the voting booth. And those decisions ultimately affect the entire nation...the literate and illiterate.


Each day millions of children arrive in American classrooms in search of more than reading and math skills. They are looking for a light in the darkness of their lives, a Good Samaritan who will stop and bandage a bruised heart or ego.


Neither books nor people have Velcro Sides -- there must be a bonding agent -- someone who attaches child to book.


Skill sheets, workbooks, basal reader, flash cards are not enough.

To convey meaning you need someone sharing the meaning and flavor of real stories with the student.


Like Scout and her father in To Kill a Mockingbird, my father would pull me onto his lap each night in our four-room apartment and read aloud.


Amid the push to excellence, with its measurement and accountability, it is easy to lose sight of a key ingredient in reading a book - the pleasure it bring us, something too many boil down to a dirty word: FUN.


Imagine what our culture would be like if Americans sold ideas, words, and books with the same creativity we use to sell designer jeans, shampoo, and rock stars. Why, we might end up with people whos attention span for the printed word is longer than the time it takes to read a T-shirt.


We have instant pudding, instant photos, instant coffee—but there are no instant adults.


About Jim Trelease

Quotes 20 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Educator
Birthday October 16

Story is the vehicle we use to make sense of our lives in a world that often defies logic.


Readers don't grow in trees. But they are grown-in places where they are fertilized with lots of print, and above all, read to daily.


What we teach children to love and desire will always outweigh what we make them learn.


If you don't read much, you really don't know much. You're dangerous.


You became a reader because you saw and heard someone you admired enjoying the experience, someone led you to the world of books even before you could read, let you taste the magic of stories, took you to the library, and allowed you to stay up later at night to read in bed.


Every time we read to a child, we're sending a 'pleasure' message to the child's brain. You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure.


The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four, of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.

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