In today’s episode, I’m joined by the woman who recently faced the daunting challenge of updating Jim Trelease’s much beloved Read-Aloud Handbook.

Cyndi Giorgis takes us behind the scenes of updating The Read-Aloud Handbook, and some of the interesting (and most surprising!) bits what she learned during the process.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what’s in the Read-Aloud Handbook‘s whole new chapter (it’s a good one)
  • updates about audiobooks and other technology
  • the most important thing Cyndi learned in her research about reading aloud

I also answer a listener question about the best picture book treasuries to invest in right now. (We’ve updated our list of favorite picture book treasuries.)

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Listener Guide:

2:16WOW! Writers on Writing
3:40Best bang-for-your-buck treasuries
7:02Meet Cyndi Giorgis and The Read-Aloud Handbook
8:20Working with Jim Trelease
9:55A daunting task
11:09Visual Literacy
14:13Graphic novels
15:45Living in technological times
16:48Time spent reading to our children is a gift
19:18The influence of dads
21:42Recommendation time!
26:58Balancing classics and new books
28:56The impact of ‘The Read-Aloud Handbook’
34:00Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

“Read it to me is a test. Let me read it to you is a gift.” – Katherine Paterson

“The Read-Aloud Handbook was the first time I realized that reading-aloud was a good all unto its own, not just something you do until your kids can read to themselves.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“It’s not about teaching a child to read, but rather about offering children the pleasure of reading.” – Cyndi Giorgis

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Books from this episode:

Charlotte’s Web
Blueberries for Sal
Make Way for Ducklings
Oh, No!
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Where the Red Fern Grows
One Morning in Maine
A Little House Picture Book Treasury: Six Stories of Life on the Prairie
The Whipping Boy
Stuart Little
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))
The Magical World of Strega Nona: a Treasury
Giant Squid (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards))
Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook: 8th Edition
Jan Brett’s Animal Treasury
Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
Where the Wild Things Are
Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons
Shh! We Have a Plan
Free As A Bird: The Story of Malala
Strega Nona
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

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