Books From the Classroom I Haven’t Forgotten

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On March 2, Metro Nashville Public Schools celebrated Read Across America Day, coinciding with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 and Book’Em’s Read Me Day, both designed to promote the joy of reading for students all over our district. Schools were filled with community volunteers’ sharing a passion for books by reading aloud to classrooms. Oftentimes people may think that a child can outgrow the desire or benefits of being read aloud to. On the contrary, the experience of hearing and seeing a book read aloud is valuable for all ages, regardless of reading ability, for a variety of reasons, both academic and developmental. It is true, though as children get older it can be more difficult to pick out engaging, age-appropriate texts. This resource from the Nashville Public Library highlights some great choices for chapter books to read aloud with more advanced readers.