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The Ramped-Up Read Aloud

What to Notice as You Turn the Page

101 picture book experiences, a thousand ways to savor strategically. This is the book that shows how to use ANY book to teach readers and writers!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506380049
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 304
  • Publication date: July 20, 2018

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What if each page of a picture book was guaranteed to enhance a child’s reading and writing tenfold? Would you ramp up your read alouds? In this remarkable resource, Maria Walther shares two-page read aloud experiences for 101 picture books that tune you into what to notice, say, and wonder in order to bolster students’ literacy exponentially.

The read alouds in this book will help teachers:

  • Foster a strong sense of community
  • Celebrate the written (and illustrated) word
  • Build a foundation for future reading and learning
  • Expand vocabulary (with a focus on Tier 2 words)
  • Support budding writers
  • Spark collaborative conversations
  • Encourage perspective-taking, empathy, and a growth mindset

A first grade teacher for decades, Maria is a master of “strategic savoring.” Her lesson design efficiently sparks instructional conversations around the cover illustration, enriching vocabulary words, literary language, and the ideas and themes vital to young learners.

Maria arranges the rich fiction and nonfiction titles into chapters that mirror the way primary teachers plan curriculum. Need books tailor made for building community? Teaching literary elements? Comprehension strategies? Foundational and language skills? Inspiring writers? It’s all here and at the ready. Coaching tips on expressive oral reading, strategic seating, uncovering language nuances for EL students, effective questioning and more make the art of sharing books and learning with children do-able for everyone.

Teachers, schools, and districts looking to energize your core reading and writing program, search no further: The Ramped-Up Read Aloud delivers a formula for literacy development and joy in equal parts.



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Maria Walther

Teacher, author, literacy consultant, and children’s literature enthusiast, Maria Walther taught first grade for 34 years. Maria partners with teachers in their classrooms and inspires colleagues through engaging professional learning experiences. What educators appreciate most about Maria is her enthusiasm for teaching and her realistic approach toward classroom instruction. Maria earned a doctorate at Northern Illinois University and was named The Outstanding Literacy Alumni by the Department of Literacy Education for professionalism, service, and career success. Maria has been a longtime advocate of reading aloud. She was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year and earned the ICARE for Reading Award for fostering the love of reading in children. The award that Maria cherishes the most is The Most Influential Educator given to her by one of her former first-grade students who is now a colleague. Maria is a prolific professional writer. She strives to create practical resources for busy teachers. Her best-selling book, The Ramped-Up Read Aloud, promotes joyful read aloud experiences. Learn more about her books at mariawalther.com and follow her on Twitter @mariapwalther.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


Ten Compelling Reasons to Read Aloud

Six Secrets to Successful Read-Aloud Experiences

Four Ways to Network and Find New Books

Four Ways You Might Use This Book

Chapter 1: Create a Joyful Classroom Community

Transforming the Classroom World

Chapter 2: Converse About Literary Elements—Fiction

Reading Really Good Stories

Chapter 3: Converse About Comprehension—Fiction

Imagining Ourselves Into Books

Chapter 4: Converse About Comprehension— Informational and Narrative Nonfiction

Diving Into Informational Texts

Chapter 5: Build Foundational and Language Skills

Working With Words

Chapter 6: Inspire Writers

Sharing the Gift of Writing


Professional Resources Cited

Children’s Literature Cited




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