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Christmas is over and here it is the last day of January. I have written a small book entitled The Twelve Days of Christmas Ideas for a Family Christmas Read Aloud. I planned on publishing it this past Christmas. I didn’t get it completed in time so I have decided to use the book as Blogs throughout the early part of 2019 and publish late this year. Well, okay. Here goes with the introduction.


Taking time to Read Aloud to your children is one of the most important activities you can do to build their literacy. Set aside time for the reading aloud sessions of The 12 Days of Christmas Ideas for a Family Christmas Read Aloud, which can bring a special magic into your bonding with your children.

In her book READING MAGIC, Mem Fox states: “As we share the words and pictures, the ideas and viewpoints, the rhythms and rhymes, the pain and comfort, and the hopes and fears and big issues of life that we encounter together in the pages of a book, We connect through minds and hearts with our children and bond closely in a secret society associated with the books we have shared. The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—-it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony."

Many times parents cease to read aloud to their children when the children learn to read, but it is extremely important to continue making time for reading aloud activities. One reason is that children’s listening vocabulary is much higher than their reading vocabulary so when you continue reading aloud to them you continue their growth in literacy. Another reason is to model reading with expression, excitement, and just having fun.

The following is a quote by Anna Dewdney, the author of the Llama Llama picture books,

When we open a book and share

our voice and imagination with a

child, that child learns to see the

world through someone else’s eyes.

I invite you to merge the Christmas Holidays with the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS FAMILY READ-ALOUD PROGRAM, to make the holiday even more special and memorable.


Notes about me:

Jylene Morgan is a retired educator. She is passionate about the importance of reading aloud to children from top quality children’s books. Writing about her life experiences she captivates her audience by telling the tales of her family’s adventures. The first several books are written about funny exchanges that occur when human and wild animal’s lives come together.

To read more about me, my passion for reading aloud to children and my books go to

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