Reading Aloud To Children

Baker, Deirdre and Ken Setterington. A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books in English. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., © 2003.

  • This guide was compiled by two recognized leaders in Canadian children’s literature, a University of Toronto professor and Toronto Public Library Children and Youth Advocate for Library Service. They have included over 500 recommended titles organized by age and genre.

Bouchard, David. For the Love of Reading; Books to Build Lifelong Readers, by David Bouchard with Sally Bender, Anne Letain and Lucie Poulin-Mackey. Orca Book Publishers, © 2004.

  • Containing 500 annotated titles of favourite children’s books, For the Love of Reading helpfully offers suggestions for children from birth through high school. There are more than 100 French language children’s books included in the lists.

Fox, Mem. Reading Magic; Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. Harcourt, © 2001.

  • Mem Fox is a well-known Australian author of children’s books who is a frequent presenter at children’s literacy and literature conferences. Her book contains a wealth of ideas about the value of reading aloud to children and many suggestions about how to do it effectively.

Life Stories and Family Histories

Fletcher, William. Recording Your Family History; A Guide to Preserving Oral History Using Audio and Video Tape. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, © 1989.

  • Fletcher’s purpose in this book is to assist the reader in preparing and conducting autobiographical interviews. Although it is by an American author, many of the suggestions pertain to a Canadian audience. Creating an audio or videotape for future generations, in the words of the author, is “fun, interesting, and easy to do, and it creates a unique emotional legacy for you and the younger members of your narrator’s family.”

Green, Bob and D. G. Fulford.  To Our Children’s Children; Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come.  Doubleday © 1993

  • A warm, accessible, step-by-step guide to creating precious personal histories from the memories of older people, by the best-selling author of Hang Time and his sister, journalist D. G. Fulford.