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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (739 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mem Fox Narrator: Mem Fox Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781608144983
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/9/2014

    " good points "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Broyles | 2/3/2014

    " Noted children's author Mem Fox brings together personal anecdotes and research to show the importance of reading to children. As a person who grew up in a reading household and raised reader children, it all seems obvious to me, but I have bought a copy for an immigrant friend who has not yet started to read to her two-year-old, believing he is too young and will learn English better from Nickelodean. This is an important book that may not get into the hands of those who need it most. Otherwise, Fox is just preaching to the choir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malina | 1/31/2014

    " More accessible perhaps then The Read Aloud Handbook which I do enjoy. A bit self promoting but I went and checked out some of her kids books and they are cute. Makes many good points about HOW to read aloud so that its more enjoyable. Reading aloud so its enjoyable for all is a skill. And it is so important and this book is a big reminder of how we can do it well. My kids love it when I read aloud to them and I have learned to enjoy it more too and make it more FUN! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/28/2014

    " Books are everywhere for my children, so I didn't think I needed this book, but I did. I learned a lot about different ways to read, different kinds of reading, and different ways of teaching children to read. Funny and educational, without seeming pretentious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2014

    " I have always read to my children, but it helps to have a reminder of how important it is and some new ideas for how to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Higgins | 1/21/2014

    " So good that I am buying a copy for myself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/16/2014

    " A great, fast-paced, commonsense book. My favorite quotation: "Experiencing this heightened level of emotion through literature is seen by some squeamish parents and educators as a Bad Thing. But child psychologists disagree. The whole point of books is to allow us to experience trouble realities that are different from our own, to feel the appropriate emotions, to empathize, to make judgments, and to have our interest held. If we sanitize everything children read, how much more shocking and confusing will the reall world be when they finally have to face it?" (p.142). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsie | 1/11/2014

    " I read this several years ago and loved it--but now it's a little more applicable, since I have kids of my own. So good and so important, I think--I recommend it to any parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grumpy72 | 1/8/2014

    " Enjoyed reading this one. Quite a few good tips for reading with kids! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Mantle | 12/20/2013

    " Every parent, teacher, librarian, and anyone interested in helping children love to read should read this book. Great research in a digestible and fun format. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Polly | 12/17/2013

    " not quite what I was looking for in terms of a literacy resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/7/2013

    " This is a great book about reading aloud to your kids. It helps you to see how beneficial it really is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 12/2/2013

    " While I liked this book, I felt too much of the content felt "magical" with no substantial validation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 11/17/2013

    " This is a MUST READ for every parent no matter the age of their child. I will even be telling my new students parents about it on Back to School Night next week. It is awesome!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/6/2013

    " Excellent information about why reading aloud is important. Did you know that you need to start reading to kids RIGHT when they are born? Mrs. Fox explains why. She's right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 8/22/2013

    " I've tried to read all sorts of stuff on early literacy, but Fox is above and beyond in making it readable, funny, full of great examples, and it's accessible and uses language any parent would understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/20/2013

    " Totally obvious, but any exuberance about reading to kids is fine by me. A great pairing with The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease and a willing toddler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shani | 5/25/2013

    " I read this book because of my interest in books and reading and kids. I think this is a great book for parents and teachers. It reminded me of all of the ways my mom has taught me to love reading--especially reading aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/29/2011

    " Kind of logical for most of it - maybe cos I love reading ? But I did like the games suggestions with words or letters on the pages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandybear76 | 9/28/2011

    " Since I read aloud to classes, I thought this book would give me ideas about better reading aloud skills. So many ideas!! It also made me proud of myself as I had read to my 2 kids as they were growing up. It was an interesting read and I passed the book along to one of the reading specialists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 7/26/2011

    " A good book for parents/parents to be on the importance of reading aloud to your child from very early on - gives the benefits of reading to children on their performance in school as well as what type of reader they become. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathe | 7/25/2011

    " to be re read and passed on... i often include w/basket of books to share w/ fellow eatly literacy advocates..and new parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillybean | 5/11/2011

    " PLEASE read aloud to your children . . . it WILL change their lives forever . . . they will be good readers and actually like to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Eckermann | 4/21/2011

    " A must-read for every parent, BEFORE the baby is born. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kapra | 4/11/2011

    " -A cute story about what all of us have in common
    -Could be use to teach a lesson about similarities despite our differences "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mylisa | 4/11/2011

    " Mem Fox is the master of breaking the fourth wall in the last few pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/23/2011

    " Great for laptime. I don't always love Mem Fox's writing but I enjoy the subtle multicultural theme (subtle for a children's book I guess) and the repetition that encourages body part recognition "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isela | 2/11/2011

    " This is an easy to read book with a lot of repetition and rhymes. This book is definitely going into my child's nursery collection of books. I would also read it to Pre-K students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 1/12/2011

    " A very fun, repetative, quick read for toddlers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/11/2011

    " In Ethan's collection, Ethan calls it "Toes." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 12/19/2010

    " I love to read this to my child and he loves to listen and look at the pictures. I love oxenbury's work they are uncluttered and soft, and this is one of mem fox's better works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shareen | 12/18/2010

    " This is such a cute book. The simple, repeating pattern allows young children to "read" along with an adult. I bought this book for my brother, so he could read it to his son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uflchildrens | 9/1/2010

    " One of the sweetest board books I've read in a long time. Perfect for sharing with cuddles and giggles. --Rachel
    baby book/ F "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 4/11/2010

    " I like how the babies in this book look different (different nationalities) and who doesn't love baby fingers and toes?!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 3/22/2010

    " What adorable book for showing that, despite many differences, babies are all the same with their ten little fingers and ten little toes! The rhyme and repetition is sweet, and I love that it ends with three little kisses for the baby! "

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About the Author
Author Mem Fox

Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.