Pam's latest HuffPost Blog is about the joy, the power, and the magic of reading aloud that will be celebrated around the world on March 6, World Read Aloud Day.
"One of my favorite read aloud memories is my mother reading the Little House on the Prairie books to me. I just adored those books. The coziness of their lives in spite of so much hardship and hard work, and the closeness of the family life always made me so happy. And my mother's voice was so calm and clear, so precise and measured. It was the perfect complement to these books, which valued the daily moments of everyday life and honored them.
During my many years as a literacy educator, I've had the privilege of witnessing the powerful yet nuanced effects of reading aloud. Like my own memories, reading aloud delivers a deep comfort for a child. In stories, they find a safe place to return to, and tools to navigate life. Books provide a risk-free environment to grapple with the world's big questions."