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

by Mem Fox
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

I think it’s safe to say this book changed my whole philosophy of storytime. I had asked a new librarian friend for a recommendation about kids and reading and this was what she handed me, without hesitation. This book showed me how important it is to make reading fun from a very young age. I do like order and quiet (come on, I’m in library school) but now I understand that being noisy and involved also has its place (within reason, of course).

I took these lessons to heart this week in my very first storytime at my new job and it was so much fun! The kids and I, and even some of the parents, had a ball. One of the moms even came up to me after to tell me that it was the best storytime she’d ever been to (and she’s a regular).

My one complaint is that, while Mem Fox is a respected author and apparently also teaches about literacy, she makes many claims about what is “commonly known” or that “studies have shown” without backing it up. And really, it was 200 pages with wide margins and lots of space, so there was plenty of room for sources. But in general I loved this book and I am sending it, along with some board books, to a friend who just had a baby.

After all, it’s never too early to read to your child!

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