The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.— Mem Fox
Most Powerful Read Aloud quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
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.
Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.
Reading is dreaming with open eyes.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
Reading aloud and talking about what we're reading sharpens children's brains.
It helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves more easily and clearly.
Well, my dear," said Mr. Bennet, when Elizabeth had read the note aloud, "if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness—if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Bingley, and under your orders.
Don't just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.
With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down.
I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent- and every adult caring for a child-read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in our lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.
You only live once. You don't want your tombstone to read: Played it safe.
If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.
Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.
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.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
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.
The greatest gift is a passion for reading.
A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn't spin a bit of magic, it's missing something.
Each time you read a book, a tree smiles knowing there's life after death.
Experts generally agree that taking all opportunities to read books and other material aloud to children is the best preparation for their learning to read. The pleasures of being read to are far more likely to strengthen a child's desire to learn to read than are repetitions of sounds, alphabet drills, and deciphering uninteresting words.
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
When was the last time someone read aloud to you? Probably when you were a child, and if you think back, you'll remember how safe you felt, tucked under the covers, or curled in someone's arms, as a story was spun around you like a web.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.
Much of my reading time over the last decade and a half has been spent reading aloud to my children. Those children's bedtime rituals of supper, bath, stories, and sleep have been a staple of my life and some of the best, most special times I can remember.
Love of books is the best of all.
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.
There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.
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.
The mother memories that are closest to my heart are the small gentle ones that I have carried over from the days of my childhood. They are not profound, but they have stayed with me through life, and when I am very old, they will still be near . . .
You dont have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Reading one's own poems aloud is letting the cat out of the bag.
You may have always suspected bits of a poem to be overweighted, overviolent, or daft, and then, suddenly, with the poet's tongue around them, your suspicion is made certain.
An underestimated element in poetry, that reading aloud makes clear, is the pause. I mean especially the force of a pause or a couple of pauses close together, contrasted with a longer unit of grammar.
She wished she had a little yellow house of her own, with a flower box full of real flowers and herbs – pansies and rosemary – and a sweet lover who would swing dance with her in the evenings and cook pasta and read poetry aloud.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
We didn't have television in those days, and many people didn't even have radios. My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.
My son and I discovered Terry Pratchett's books together, when he was about eleven years old. He'd be reading on his own and would start to laugh, and then eagerly read the passage aloud to me--and I'd do the same to him! Pratchett's books became a shared source of delight for us back then, and they still are today.
I surrender to the world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare.
We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming.
So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.
There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.
Strange now to think of you, gone without corsets &
eyes, while I walk on the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village. downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I've been up all night, talking, talking, reading the Kaddish aloud, listening to Ray Charles blues shout blind on the phonograph
It's entirely different waking up in the morning and praying.
I read aloud six or seven different devotional books, one of which is the Bible and ask the Lord to be with me that day.
Love is an actual need, an urgent requirement of the heart, he read aloud from an old essay on marriage that he found in his files.Every properly constituted human being who entertains an appreciation of loneliness...and looks forward to happiness and content feels the necessity of loving. Without it, life is unfinished.