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A Little, Aloud, for Children [Kindle Edition]

Angela Macmillan , Michael Morpurgo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Research shows that the seemingly simple act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits. It stimulates thought and memory, encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears. It enriches our lives and minds.

This unique book offers a selection of prose and poetry especially suitable for reading aloud to children. It includes extracts ranging from modern day favourites (David Almond, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Neil Gaiman) to old classics (Kipling, Dickens, E. Nesbit), and features a foreword from Michael Morpurgo. Each piece has been chosen by the Reader Organisation, whose team has unique experience in the effect and benefits of books that immediately capture children's interest and imagination.

All royalties in full will go to The Reader Organisation, the leading UK charity for reading and health.

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"The importance of reading aloud to children cannot be underestimated, and this anthology is designed not only to facilitate that but to help inculcate a love of books in youngsters, especially those who regard reading as uncool or too much like hard work." (James Lovegrove The Financial Times)

"Absolutely impeccable anthology of short poems and prose excerpts designed for self-contained readings at bedtime. It’s intended not only to entertain but to encourage children to seek out literature for themselves." (James Lovegrove The Financial Times)

"Reading aloud should be a pleasurable experience for both the reader and the listener and this book will do so much to promote this. I feel sure that it will become a well-thumbed family favourite and will work brilliantly in schools and libraries too. It would also make a lovely gift. Highly recommended." (Anne Thompson The Bookbag)

"This new anthology brings together a wide range of poetry and prose ideal for reading aloud with children. With a foreword by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, it incorporates a lively and diverse selection of both well-known and well-loved favourites, and less familiar material which may be new to young readers...Each piece has been selected by the Reader Organisation, a UK charity for reading and health, with the aim of capturing children's interest and imagination. Ideal for classroom use as well as bedtime reading, this is a delightfully varied and enjoyable collection." (Booktrust website)

"As a present for anyone who can find a child to read to it is A VERY GOOD IDEA. This satisfyingly thick anthology of poems and stories contains more than 60 choices of good an added help, a reading time is given for extracts from longer stories." (Newbury Weekly News)

Book Description

An inspirational collection of stories and poems chosen specifically to be read aloud to children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1493 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084E7I86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduce children to a wide range of literature 25 May 2013
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I am using this book as a resource for a 'Read Aloud' group with a Year 5 class and a Year 6 class.

I read the extracts/poems to them, stopping occasionally to discuss vocuabulary/inferred meaning etc.

The children then go away and write a short review of the piece and if they will take it further ie read the book in the original.

The two year groups are taken separately in break time (30 mins) and everyone seems to be enjoying the pieces - I run it as a voluntary club and most children have joined.

I would thoroughly recommend the book to parents and teachers to use as an introduction to a whole variety of different genres of writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 10 Dec. 2012
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Lovely book with lots of interesting and fun poems and prose but may be aimed a bit above your average child, think adults and teenagers might enjoy it more .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Firm Favourite 16 Nov. 2013
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Wonderful collection of short stories, excerpts from longer ones and poetry. My daughter was held captive when I read her Neil Gaimans "Instructions" for the first time and now almost knows it by heart.
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Reading should be fun, if it's going to be done independently, for pleasure. My son doesn't like what I liked at his age. This is a splendid compendium of the very old and very new. I've found authors and poets I hadn't read before. I read him something that stunned him and caused him to ask for 'more like that' - so I bought the book. I found out about it through the Reader's Organisation who have used it to inspire children to read and learn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely companion to the adult version 31 Jan. 2014
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Cover distinctive although not sure what is in the blob. Cover 3.0


Wonderful from a first flick though

Larger font than the adult version a bonus

We read on .... Alexander of Allrighters and Ywnwab!

June 2014 Eventually finished. Missed the comments after each piece as in the adult version. Some nice stories and poems but not quite as good as the adult version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for shared reading sessions 25 Dec. 2014
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Good for shared reading sessions. Wide selection of material suitable for use with a wide age range if selected carefully. Have even used some of the material with older people.
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