Family Reading Handbook

For the first time ever, a keystone component of the Read Aloud Program is available online – for free! Explore this interactive resource to learn why reading aloud will transform your family, and how to make it happen!
Family reading handbook

A Foundation for Families

We believe that reading aloud is the foundational activity that sets children on a path to success in school and in life. Why, you ask? Reading aloud helps parents deepen bonds with children, while stimulating their cognitive growth. Combined, this roots children in the security and confidence of home while unlocking their potential in school. The Family Reading Handbook online gives parents a roadmap to make this happen.

Family Reading Handbook What's include

Preview What's Included

Parents who attended our popular Read Aloud Program (RAP) reported incredible changes in the ways their children interacted, communicated, and performed in school – all because of reading aloud. To provide ongoing support and encouragement following RAP, we created the Family Reading Handbook.

Now, you can access the Family Reading Handbook online, right here! No downloads, no gateways, no cost. The Family Readying Handbook online is divided into four themed sections:

Don’t wait another minute! Explore the Family Reading Handbook online below.

Why Read Aloud

If you’re a parent, we’re guessing that there is one thing you share with other parents around the globe: you want the best for your children. But, life gets busy, and you’re distracted and overwhelmed by the noise and pressures of our modern age. It might feel confusing, trying to sift through all the studies and expert recommendations, just to give your children the best opportunities in life.

We’re here to help you make it simple.

Focus on doing one fundamental thing: Read aloud to your kids.

It’s absolutely indisputable that reading aloud does incredible things. Just take a look:

Bonds Families

Studies show that reading aloud builds secure attachment between parents and children. It improves parents' mood and it promotes interaction from the child.

Develops Brain

Research shows that reading aloud to young children builds important neural pathways. It stimulates the part of the brain that builds trust with parents, and it creates additional pathways for cognitive development.

Builds Character

Reading aloud provides the opportunity for parents to teach morals and values, and expose their children to examples of good character.

Inspires Interest

Reading aloud to young children daily isn't just for routine; it exposes children to extensive topics, stimulating interests and setting the stage for independent reading later.

Strengthens Comprehension

Studies show that when you read aloud to children, you increase their vocabulary and ability to process information. This enables children to perform better in school and understand complex ideas.

Improves Confidence

As author Jim Trelease said, the simple act of reading aloud to children sends a "pleasure message" to their brains. This message builds confidence and self-esteem in children, as they recognize the devotion and time that parents are giving them.

Read Aloud Tips

Implementing read aloud habits in your home doesn’t have to be stressful or complex. In fact, it’s better if it’s not! Make it all about fun and bonding, and you’ll be set up for success. Try these tips to make reading aloud a regular part of your day.

Dedicate at least 20 minutes per day to read aloud. Before bedtime or naptime is a good place to start. Integrating story time into play time is an excellent idea, too.

Keep it cozy! Gather big pillows, snuggly blankets, or soft stuffed animals to create a relaxed environment. Reading in bed or in a comfy chair are great options.

While you might recognize the instinct to "test" your child's comprehension, avoid doing so. The simple act of listening is benefitting them more than a stressful quiz!

Follow your child's interest. If one book isn't well received, switch to another one. Or, let your child choose the books from the beginning.

Recommended Books

Check out these family-favorites for your next read-aloud! If you don’t have the books, remember that you can access them – and more – for free at your local public library!

The age and grade levels indicated below are only suggestions. Choose what works best for you and your children!

Infants and Toddlers (Birth- Age 2)

Preschool (Ages 3-4)

Kindergarten - Grade 1

Grades 2 - 3

Grades 4 - 5

Grades 6 - 8

High School - Adults

Ageless Favorites