Answering the Real Read Aloud Questions: Parent & Child

As we lead up to celebrating World Read Aloud Day with LitWorld, my sweet little boy and I answered a few questions in an interview about reading.  I hope that you enjoy reading our answers!  We had such a great time talking about the books we love!  Visit LitWorld’s website to find ideas for World Read Aloud Day!

1.  What should everyone in the world read aloud?

Me:  Everyone in the world should read aloud an Elephant and Piggie book (by Mo Willems) with a friend.  You can take turns reading the parts for Elephant and Piggie and it is SO much fun!

Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems

My wonderful boy (5 years old):  The Inside of Reptiles is what everyone in the world should read because it shows the inside and not everyone knows what is on the inside.  They have lungs and they come up for air.

Reptiles

2.  Who is the one person in the world that you would want to listen to as they read aloud?

Me:  Nancy Brown, my media professor from Georgia State University, was one of the most captivating readers that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing read aloud.  I will never forget when she read Bitter Bananas by Olaleye to my Children’s Literature class.  She added a special accent as she read.  It was beyond fantastic!  She had every student in the classroom mesmerized with her voice.

My boy:  Mr. Dwayne, a guy at church, because he would make good noises for the purpose of it.

**Side note:   I had to ask him who Mr. Dewayne was because I did not know.  He admitted that Mr. Dwayne has never read to him, but he just wanted for him to read aloud.  I think he was talking about Mr. Dwayne True, who works with the Royal Rangers on Wednesday nights at church.

3.  When reading aloud, who is your favorite character to impersonate?

Me:  It is so much fun to impersonate the cowboy from Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash.  I like to change the voices for all of the different animals, too.  My students sometimes look at me like I’m weird, but it’s great!  They laugh.

My boy:  Bees. Like Bzzzzzzz Bzzzzzrzzzzrzzzzzzz.

4.  Which genre or author takes up the most room on your bookshelf?

Me:  One series that is unique that I love is Michael Hoeye’s Time Stops for No Mouse trilogy (see The Sands of Time photo below).  Hermux Tantamoq is a watchmaker who has many adventures.  The imagery in Hoeye’s writing is incomparable.  Another author that has quite a bit of room on my bookshelf and e-reader shelf is Carl Hiaasen.  I particularly enjoy his children’s titles because he writes realistic fiction that is driven toward a cause, typically conservation of the environment.  The action in all of his novels keeps most readers, even reluctant ones, engaged.

The Sands of Time by Michael Hoeye

My boy:  I think I have more Arthur books.  I like to read true books.

5.  What is your favorite part of reading aloud or being read aloud to?

Me:  My favorite part of reading aloud is watching the faces of my students or my sweet boy as I get to a suspenseful part in the story.  I love shocking them sometimes by hiding the pictures until just the right moment.  Changing my voice to match a character is really fun, too!  If I’m reading to my own little one, I love cuddling up with a great pillow, blanket, and many books!  That warm, cozy feeling can’t be beat!

My boy:  I think you (Mom) reading Reptiles, too.  I like when Mom cuddles me up and fluffs my pillow and my Mom reads to me.

Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord

Is there anything else that you want to tell me about reading?

My boy:  Hot Rod Hamster says, “Which wheels do you choose?”  and they say, “the Hamster is a Hot Rod.”  5 Minute  marvels are awesome!  It has Kraven the Hunter in it and Mysterio and Electro and Doc Ock.

5 Minute Marvel Stories

How do you feel about learning to read?

My boy:  Great!  It is so fun!  I love to read!

Memories of Cozy Read-Alouds

As we are leading up to World Read Aloud Day on March 5th, I decided to join Matthew Winner’s WRAD Raising Our Voices Blogging Challenge!  This weeks’ topic is to share your earliest memories of read-alouds, so here goes!

When I was about 4 years old, my parents took the church youth group on a trip and I got to stay with my sweet Nannie, my maternal grandmother.  I remember cuddling up on her couch with a crocheted blanket (probably a ripple afghan) covering us as we read through some of the encyclopedia.  Somehow I think that chocolate chip cookies were involved in this read-aloud experience, too.  I don’t really remember how we selected which volume we would read from, but on this particular night we were reading the “P” volume.

Nannie knew just how to spark my curiosity!  She would let me breeze through the pictures in the encyclopedia and I would point out an interesting one for us to read about and talk about together.  I remember my Nannie telling me all about Louis Pasteur (that’s how I know it was the “P” volume) and the pasteurization process (at 4 years old I did not have a clue about this).  At such an early age I didn’t realize that I was learning something new, only that I loved spending time with my grandmother and books!  There is something truly special about snuggling up on a warm couch with a blanket and someone that you love more than words can describe and sharing a great book (or an entry in a volume of the World Book encyclopedia).  That set of encyclopedias was often read when I visited my grandparents’ home.

My little boy (he’s 5) and I now read aloud every night.  I hope that his memories of reading aloud are pleasant and cozy, like my memories with Nannie.  Reading with children from an early age can make a huge difference in their early reading progress.  My hope is that all of my students can find a book they truly enjoy and can read it with someone they love.

I am excited about World Read Aloud Day on March 5th because my students will have the opportunity to share some of their favorite books with students across the country!  This school year I have tried to instill in my students a giving spirit by having them make bookmarks for Skype friends and write letters to senior citizens.  I would like for my students to make something simple to send to the students that we visit with via Skype, but I haven’t settled on anything definite yet.  In the past our school has shared great books via Skype with students from other schools.  I am grateful for the connections that our school has made as a result of finding other dedicated library media professionals, such as Matthew Winner, Sarah Wendorf, Jenny Lussier, and Stacy Ford, through Twitter.   The excitement and passion that these media specialists bring to students about their favorite books is contagious!  I can’t wait to celebrate together!  For additional ideas for World Read Aloud Day, visit Lit World.

 

5 Reasons Why I Read

My sweet sister and I like to tease that we are as different as night and day, particularly in the area of reading.  I love to read, but my sister wouldn’t be caught with a book unless she had to read it for a class.  She often teases that reading is bad for your eyes.

Here are a few of the reasons why I read:

1.  Reading gives me something to talk about when there is a lull in the conversation.

2.  Books give information that could come in handy if I’m ever on Jeopardy or some other game show someday.

3.  Reading can be done in any place, inside or outside, on a roof or in a basement.

4.  While waiting at a doctor’s office, reading helps the time pass quickly.

5.  The setting of a book, if described vividly by the author, can transport you in an instant!

The stack in the picture above is what I have enjoyed reading during Spring Break.  Most of the titles were read as part of the #ShelfChallenge.

Happy Reading!