Monday, February 19, 2007

The Read to Me 2007 Mission

I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a Mother who read to me.

From, "The Reading Mother" by Strickland Gillilan

The big day is here (please note that you can still link up through Saturday February 24)! I hope that all of you have considered your goals of reading to your children, as well as how you are going to accomplish them. The recap of the Hows and Whys are here in my introductory post. You can also find the code for the small picture if you want to display it in your post or in your sidebar (although this is not at all required).

To leave a link, please insert the address to your specific goal post (not your general blog home page). I know that some of you posted your goals last week when I first announced the program, and it is fine to link to that post unless you want to make a new post with more detailed information.

In order to be eligible for the drawing for a $10 amazon gift certificate (and possibly some other books or other mention at my discretion), you must link a post here no later than Saturday, February 24, as well as linking a post with your results the week of March 19.

I will be posting encouragement, resources, and reviews throughout the month, so please feel free to check back in occasionally. If you have a chance, visit the other participants to see what their goals and strategies are. Many are including specific titles, so I'm sure that we could all get some new books for our to-be-read list for us and/or our kids. I can't wait to read the results at the end of the month. I am genuinely excited about each and every one of you who is choosing to make this effort with me.

As promised, here are a few links to lists or encouragement or instruction on reading aloud:

Mindy at Propernoun blog wrote a great post with some recommended resources, and several books that are excellent read-alouds for all ages. She also linked to Jen Robinson's post, which I really enjoyed when she first posted it, and one that was new to me from the Miss Rumphius Effect, (who even reads aloud to college students). The The Read-Aloud Handbook is every bit as good as you might have heard (those links reference it). I thought it was probably aimed at a younger audience, but there are recommendations for young readers up through middle school.

Soli Libri posted a great list of her favorite read-alouds by age.

Jennifer, at Life is Not a Cereal, also has some really great suggestions for reading aloud.

And from my own archives:
Tips on Reading with a Young Child


36 comments:

Lauren S. said...

I am so excited about this! Thanks!

Karen said...

This is a terrific idea! I found your blog through Callapidder Days and have posted about the Mission and my goals. Thanks for helping us to be more accountable.

rachel said...

thank you for hosting this! I'm so happy to be joining you!

We have read a lot of books that worked for my 8 year old and my 3 year old, but since I have a 6 year old in the middle, that might help.

Shauna said...

The resources and links being posted by the participants are great!

Tracy said...

This is the kick in the bottom that I needed. Thanks!

Katrina said...

Thanks again for doing this, Jennifer!

Jen Robinson said...

I'm so pleased to see the positive response to this, Jennifer. Thanks for linking to my Jim Trelease post, too. I think that you, and everyone involved, are doing great things for kids.

Kelli in the Mirror said...

This is such a fun thing. I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's ideas!

Eden said...

I am very excited about participating in this mission. Thank you for making us accountable.
If you get a chance please let me know if I did my post correctly. Thank you so much.

stephanie said...

I'm exciteda bout this - thanks for the prompt to make some sort of game-plan. :)

Mamacita Tina said...

Whoo-hoo! Here we go!

Penny said...

Thank you so much for doing this. I needed something to get me moving

Dianne said...
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Carrie K. said...

Okay, my post is up.

Rachel Whetzel said...

I'm off to put up a post and the link! Great idea. Thanks!

Christina said...

This is a great idea! We started on our goals today.

org junkie said...

Hi Jennifer, I'm hoping to get up my post later this week. I'm looking forward to checking out your links!

Laura

Joyful Days said...

I hope it's okay a newbie joins. I love the goal and your blog is so encouraging. Thanks so much.

Blessings,

Charlotte said...

Another newbie here--but a passionate reader-out-louder to my two boys...
Charlotte

Jamie Says said...

This is such a wonderful idea! Thanks for doing this! I'm really looking forward to accomplishing my goals.

Becky said...

Jennifer,
I'm a day late, but I really wanted to be a part of this! What a great mission! Thank you for this! I love that you aren't making it too long and that we have each other for support, encouragement, and ideas! Thanks so much! I look forward to checking in on everyone and getting some good books to read with the kids! I'm so excited!!! Have a great day!

Kelly said...

Thanks again, Jennifer, for the challenge!

Mommy Dearest said...

I just heard about this from Barb. I posted last month about our favorite read-aloud at http://campclan.blogspot.com/2007/01/all-time-greatest-read-aloud-in-one.html

I'll have to think about this. It's a wonderful idea!

Karen said...

Thank you for hosting this!! Great idea! By the way I love your blog!!

Blessings~
Karen

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad for all the "newbies." Keep jumping in. You can actually post anytime, but the deadline in order to qualify for the amazon gift certificate is February 24.

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Thanks for hosting this, it's a wonderful idea!

Sweetlee said...

I too am a day late finding out about this but it is just what I need to get back to reading aloud to my little boys...and not so little girls! I will post a list of goals soon! Thanks!

Appliejuice said...

I am excited and ready. :)

Jeanne said...

I'm a newbie! So I hope I've done all of the linky stuff right! This is very exciting....thanks for the motivation!
~Jeanne

Kim said...

I am so looking forward to this. Thanks for the little push to be creative in adding some reading time to the day that involves me....you'll have to read my post for that to make sense.

The Wooden Porch said...

I know this sounds terrible, but I hate reading to my kids.

I'm going to do it though. Baby steps.

Shannon said...

Thanks for giving me some incentive to be doing what I should be doing anyway!!

Jennifer said...

For drawing purposes, Shannon (#38) is the last one who entered in time.

However, anyone else is still welcome to join in the experience and finish out with us.

Noodle said...

I know I'm late, but I'm so in! I love this challenge!

Appliejuice said...

Posted my final results. :) I wasn't sure where to post them, so I added my link to the linky man. :D #43

BlessedCP said...

I realize I am too late to be a part of your contest, but I wanted to be a part of a read aloud challenge.
Will you be starting another?