Reading Aloud to the Rescue


A child’s serious head injury required surgery and plenty of rest at home.  Scary stuff.  How to help Miles relax and take his mind away from his boo-boo?  Reading aloud, of course.  Miles loved ‘Jennie reading’ when he was in my classroom.  I read a few picture books today, and then we became engrossed, together, in chapter reading.


For an hour we were on a wild island with Roz, the robot who was in a crate on a cargo ship, washed ashore during a hurricane, and activated by the otters.  I finally stopped reading after the bears tried to attack Roz.  Miles did not want me to leave.

He has no idea what is ahead in the book – adventures, learning how to help animals on the island, and slowly becoming less and less of a robot.   I will visit Miles every week to read The Wild Robot as he heals.  I feel like Peter Falk reading to his grandson in the movie, “The Princess Bride.”

“Children make your life important” –Erma Bombeck-


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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60 Responses to Reading Aloud to the Rescue

  1. beetleypete says:

    Jennie, it never gets better than ‘You’, believe me. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Ritu says:

    Aw, Jennie 🥰

  3. Sejal Sheth says:

    This is so sweet! I love the quote at the end!!

  4. The medicine, magic and power of reading aloud… Always a win-win!

  5. carhicks says:

    Bless you Jennie. I know that reading with a child is the best thing ever. I love the quote.

  6. Darlene says:

    How wonderful that you have been able to read to him as he recovers. I’m sure he waits in anticipation for your next visit. xo

    • Jennie says:

      Last year at school, Miles was the one who was glued to every book, especially chapter reading. He hasn’t had Jennie reading to him since school closed in March. I’m so glad I could be there for him. It seemed like a no-brainer to read aloud. He loved it, and so did I. He’s excited for our weekly reading. 🙂

  7. Dan Antion says:

    You are important, Jennie.

  8. quiall says:

    I hope Miles gets better soon. You are part of the healing process. Bless you Jennie.

  9. Jennie to the rescue! I hope Miles gets better quickly.

    • Jennie says:

      Thanks, Kim. Fortunately children heal far more quickly than adults. Still, this was bad, emergency surgery at Children’s in Boston. Mom told me there were so many doctors she lost track. He is doing great, but has a long road ahead. Chapter reading, here we go!

  10. Reading aloud soothes so many physical, mental, and emotional ills. Such a wonderful thing you’re doing for Miles. I’ll bet he remembers your special time together very fondly when he grows up.

    • Jennie says:

      You are so right, Liz. Reading aloud is powerful in many ways. I wish I could read to him every day, like I did in school. Still, reading every week will be good, and exciting. His older sister was in my class years ago. She couldn’t pull herself away from the story today. And then there were Mom and Dad, trying to be in stealth mode, but wanting to hear the story, too. Miles loved all of that. I hope he remembers this, too.

  11. It’s a wonderful way to spend time together.

  12. CarolCooks2 says:

    Awww, Jennie such a thoughtful action what pleasure it must bring not just you and Miles but his parents as he heals…and slowly becoming less and less of a robot sums up Miles healing process ..good book choice Jennie 🙂 xx

  13. petespringerauthor says:

    There are few things in life more magical than reading with a child. I love it all from children learning new vocabulary to watching their wheels turning as they make predictions and try to figure out the plot.

  14. Opher says:

    The healing powers of words (and human compassion).

  15. I loved that movie the Princess Bride! I still have this book about Roz on my “To Get” list.

    How wonderful that Miles has you to read out loud to him. I hope he recovers quickly!

  16. Jennie=Peter Falk
    Princes Bride and Roz
    Cool analogies.
    The Aqua Reading Room is widening its tent pegs! Here’s to a smooth recovery for Miles.

  17. sjhigbee says:

    Ah… so glad Miles is making a strong recovery – and that you are there to help:))

  18. You are so kind, Jennie. I used to read to my boys for 90 minutes a day.

  19. You are the best medicine a child could have. Your heart is a healing heart.

  20. Léa says:

    Jennie, I didn’t really get to children’s books until I had my own children. However, I adored reading to them every day and miss it. There are plenty of children in my village but the books would have to be in French or, for a few, in Dutch. When you review a book could you mention if it is available in translation? I know it is a lot to ask but perhaps I could build up a collection and start a storytime at our village library. I’ve no doubt other local villages would welcome it too.

    • Jennie says:

      Hi, Lea! I would be happy to do this. How wonderful for you to consider starting a story time at your village library. I do the same thing at my local library. If you send me your email, I will work on a list for you. And in the future I’ll check to see if the book is in French or Dutch and hopefully include that in my review. In the meantime, I’ll work on a list. Give me a few days. You can email me at

  21. Great work, Jennie! There is really no situation you can handle best. Thank you, Michael

  22. willedare says:

    Now I am going to need to request this book from the Minuteman Library network and find out what you and Miles discovered while reading this book together… You are a terrific role model, Jennie!!!

    • Jennie says:

      I hope you do get to read it, Will. Our adult daughter is reading the book aloud to her children, and she loves the book. Well, everyone loves it. It was also the book I read aloud last year to my library group. Let me know what you think. Thank you, Will!

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