Mary Lee Hahn has been an outstanding teacher for over 20 years. An avid reader, she shares her love of books and reading with her fourth and fifth grade students and colleagues in the Dublin City Schools in Ohio. Early in her career she accepted an invitation to join a group of teachers who produced The W.E.B., a former publication of The Ohio State University that contained reviews of children's literature and ideas for using children's literature in the classroom. She thanks that talented group of master educators for helping her to learn how to think about, talk about, write about, and teach with children's literature. Her book highlights her experiences as she encourages you to make read-aloud count in your classroom.
The book gives compelling examples of the richness that can be found in the daily event of read-aloud. Using three simple ingredients-a reader, a book, and listeners-this can be a time of enjoyment and appreciation of literature. But it can also be a time when powerful, effective teaching and rigorous learning can take place. You can nourish the intellect of your students, expand background, vocabulary, and language, develop an appreciation for inquiry, and create a literary community in your classroom.