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April 19, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Author will discuss virtue of reading aloud

The best-selling author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook," Jim Trelease, will appear at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis at 7 tonight to lecture on "Reading aloud: motivating children to make books into friends, not enemies."

In the late '70s, while working as an artist and writer, Trelease began volunteering in classrooms. Most of the students he worked with weren't big readers, but of those who were, Trelease noticed they were in classrooms where the teachers encouraged silent reading and also read aloud daily to their classes.

After doing some research, Trelease found a wealth of information supporting a theory that children exposed to reading aloud become better readers, but the information was mostly published in academic journals. He then made it his mission to publish a parent-friendly guidebook to reading aloud, and "The Read-Aloud Handbook" was born.

Since its initial printing in 1979, the handbook has been updated three times and has sold 1.6 million copies.

Excerpts from the latest edition and reading tips are available at Trelease's Web site (www.trelease-on-reading. com).

Tonight's lecture is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Public Library. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is at 801 Chase St. Call 410-263-5544.

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