Chronicling the books we read to our children (and perhaps the books they read themselves). Can we read 500 before they turn 12? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

500 books by 12 years of age

Kristen and I are big fans of Jim Trelease's book The Read-Aloud Handbook. Trelease makes the case for reading to children, not just when they are young and unable to read for themselves, but as they grow older as well. He relates the story of Erin Hasset, whose mother and father read to her from the day she was born, and continued to read to her throughout her childhood, keeping notes along the way. She celebrated her 12th birthday by finishing the 500th book read to her by her parents.

We read this story when Jaymie was five years old, and we asked each other, "Can we do this?" We resolved to try. As it turns out, we're probably not going to reach 500 books by the time Jaymie turns 12 -- we started too late, and Julia and Stanley need to be read to as well. But we have enjoyed the challenge, and have seen the benefits already with all of our children.

This blog is a record of our reading experiences. We'll list the titles we read, hopefully with some thoughts on the books as well.


  • At 1:24 PM, January 20, 2005, Blogger Amira said…

    We love _The Read-Aloud Handbook_ too. My mother used it to choose books to read to us till were were all well into our teens. I look forward to following your blog- and getting good reading suggestions!

  • At 1:50 PM, January 20, 2005, Blogger Bryce said…

    Amira, please feel free to make your own suggestions here as well. I'm sure you have plenty of good advice to give.

  • At 10:49 AM, January 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My wife recently was doing interviews for a pediatric residency and since she's from Utah one of the interviewing docs mentioned The Great Brain set of books. Diane hadn't read any of them. So that's going to be on her list.


  • At 10:49 PM, February 07, 2005, Blogger LadyBeth said…

    The Great Brain books! Oh I used to love those when I was a kid. I read those quite a few times over! :-) I loved the artwork in them as well.

    I like this idea...


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