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Reading Aloud: Creating Readers and Writers and Changing Lives
Tucson Festival of Books
March 2, 2019

Cyndi Giorgis, Arizona State University

“THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY for building knowledge for their eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

Becoming a Nation of Readers, 1985 report by the Commission on Reading


We read to children for all the same reasons we talk with them: to reassure, to entertain, to bond, to inform or explain, to arouse curiosity, and to inspire. But in reading aloud, we also:

  • build vocabulary

  • condition the child’s brain to associate reading with pleasure

  • create background knowledge

  • provide a reading role model

  • instill the desire to read


Read Cyndi's entire outline presented at the Tucson Festival of Books

Articles by Cyndi

Nifty Tips for Reading Nonfiction Aloud to Your Child

Includes Nonfiction Book Recommendations

Nifty Tips for Reading Aloud Newsletter

Cyndi Being Interviewed                              

Tips for Reading Aloud Handout

Curriculum Guides by Cyndi

Hilde Cracks the Case-Classroom Guide

Kate Messner Author Study Guide

Herve Tullet Author Study Guide

Interviews by Cyndi

Talking with David Macaulay

Talking with Gregory Maguire

Talking with Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Kansas City Library

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