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