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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,672 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Ozma Narrator: Alice Ozma Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

Alice approaches her book as a series of vignettes about her relationship with her father and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her.

Books included in the Streak were: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare's plays. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • The Reading Promise is a powerful testament to the difference a parent's devotion and the act of reading can make in a child's life. A rare and triumphant story.”

    Chris Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness

  • “Tender, funny, and deeply readable, The Reading Promise tells the story of how a simple ritual became a treasured father-daughter tradition. Promise yourself to revisit what matters...promise you'll pick up this tribute to the ways in which books change lives.”

    Erin Blakemore, author, The Heroines Bookshelf

  • “Clearly fabulous for libraries everywhere... My pick.”

    Library Journal

  • “Alice Ozma has given us the gift of a remarkable love story. In her love of books, and of her father, we see the most-meaningful promises we might make to our own parents, our own children, and to ourselves.”

    Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor, The Last Lecture

  • “This is about so much more than books and reading. It's about single-parenthood and childhood, about raising a loving, witty, articulate kid, and all of it accomplished without anyone turning into the Alpha-Parent/Tiger-Dad.”

    Jim Trelease, author, The Read-Aloud Handbook

  • Selected for the May 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/10/2014

    " I really wanted to love this book, because I love the idea behind it. It just came up a little short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/10/2014

    " Because I agree that reading (especially to your children) is so important, I was really excited about the premise of this book. A father reading to his daughter untill she went away to college seemed like the perfect book topic for me. While I found the story sweet and touching and the relationship between the author and her father the same, the telling of the story left something to be desired for me. The writing was just ok, and the book didn't feel like a cohesive and flowing story. It was an easy and quick read though, and I will always appreciate any story that celebrates the reading of books, so I do recommend it to those who feel the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Artemisia Hunt | 1/26/2014

    " A really sweet book about the importance of reading to kids. This would actually be a neat book for kids to read with a parent since that's what it's about........the story of a father who read aloud to his daughter every night for many years....without skipping a single night! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Victor | 1/24/2014

    " In spite of its admirable premise it didn't live up to its promise. The structure was all there and the selection of titles and quotes was solid. In the end she was a bit too self congratulatory and cutesy. At another time perhaps it would have been an inspiring read but not this time. "

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About the Author

Alice Ozma, a recent Rowan University graduate, currently lives in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. She is passionate about literature, education, and working with children.