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Reading Magic

Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives

Mem Fox, Mem Fox (Narrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/4/2001)
Paperback (9/1/2001)
Paperback, Vietnamese (7/1/2019)


We all hope and expect our children will learn to read, but how many of us realize we can get our kids on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? With passion and humor, Mem Fox explains why reading aloud to young children has such an impact on their ability to read—and on their entire lives. Writing as an ordinary mother as well as a bestselling author and internationally respected literacy expert, Fox explores when and where to read aloud and demonstrates with clear, easy-to-follow examples how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most value and joy out of a read-aloud session. Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this audiobook is a must for every parent—and for anyone who would like to know more about how children learn to read.

Praise For Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives

“Fox writes with a light touch, going straight to the heart of preschool concerns with affection and wit.”
—The New York Times Book Review

"In a marvelous example of audio’s power to improve lives, a children’s book author uses her sparkling vocal personality to promote reading aloud to children. “The fire of literacy,” she says, “is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.” The sound of her commitment to this notion and the skillful way she makes her case are only the beginning. Through her appealing vocal skills and the specific techniques she teaches, she persuades listeners that reading aloud to children is not only crucial for the child’s appreciation of language but also immensely satisfying for anyone caring for young children. In this isolating age of electronic addictions, reading aloud is a magical way to imprint in our children the need for connections with real people."
T.W.   Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award - © AudioFile Portland, Maine

Oasis Audio, 9781598594812

Publication Date: January 29, 2009

About the Author

Mem Fox was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946. She grew up on a mission in Zimbabwe, went to drama school in London for three years in the mid-sixties, and returned to Australia in 1970, where she continued her studies and then taught drama and literacy for twenty-eight years. In 1996, she took early retirement from her position as Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at Flinders University in order to write and consult full time. She has been a literacy consultant in Australia, the United States, Taiwan, Guam, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania and is well known as the writer of several nonfiction books for adults and many best-selling picture books for children, including Time for Bed and Possum Magic. She and her family live in Adelaide, South Australia.