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The Magic of Reading to Children

by Aaron Shepard

Aaron ShepardAuthors have many opportunities to read their stories, and children love to hear them. If you can bring your stories to life, you unlock their potential for young listeners—and perhaps the potential of reading in general. You are living proof that reading is not boring!

With some help from our friends in storytelling and reader’s theater, here are some hints for effective reading.    

    —If you can, check out the room and P.A. system ahead of time to take care of potential problems. (Just to be safe, I usually bring along my karaoke machine, which is better than many school P.A. systems.)

    —For a forceful presence, stand up. For a more relaxed image, use a stool or chair. But in all cases make sure you’re high enough for everyone to see your face.

    —Introduce the book by showing its cover and announcing the title, to help your listeners find it later. Your introduction can also mention something intriguing about the story, or some background on how it was written, or on what it means to you. But if your listeners don’t already know the plot, don’t give it away!

    —Wait for silence before reading. After that, DO NOT stop at every little noise. If the story is working, noise will be minimal and will probably taper off, because your audience will be listening hard. If someone is making a disturbance you can’t ignore, you can perhaps tactfully ask him or her to stop, explaining that it distracts you. But DON’T COME DOWN HARD! Remember, you’re a celebrity to those kids, and an attack by you could be devastating, with long-term effect.

    —If you choose to show the pictures while mumsnet.comreading, hold the book to the side at about eye-level, grasping the bottom edge with one hand and looking sideways to read. Turn the pages by reaching up without moving the book. Remember to swing the book toward the sides of your audience once or twice for each illustration.

If you’re not showing pictures, hold the book in front with one hand, leaving the other hand free for gesturing and page turning. With a hardcover, the spine can lie loose in your palm, or you can grasp the top edge. Keep the book low enough so you can see everyone up to the front row. Remember, if you can’t see them, they can’t see you!

    —Give your listeners the full force of you. When sitting or standing still, keep your back straight and face your listeners squarely. Don’t sit or stand sideways, slump, sag, or shift from foot to foot.

    —Reader with mic.Make sure you are heard well. If using a mike on a stand, keep the mike at a steady distance—close enough so it picks you up properly, but not so close it distorts. If not using a mike, speak loudly, aiming your voice at the back row.

Good volume requires good breath support, so be sure you breathe from your diaphragm. This is the muscle that lies below your chest and controls the expansion of your lower lungs. To check yourself, place your hand lightly on your stomach and inhale deeply. If you’re using your diaphragm properly, it will push your stomach out. (The extra air in your lungs may make you a bit dizzy till you get used to it.)

    —Make your words ring, by pronouncing each syllable distinctly. (Tongue twisters provide good practice.)

    —Take your time and read slowly. Your listeners must recreate the scenes in their imaginations, and that takes time and unhurried concentration. Many readers will speed up when they sense they’re losing their listeners’ attention. In most cases, they should instead slow down.

    —Look out at your listeners as much as you can—ideally about half the time, and especially at the ends of sentences. To do this, know your selection well enough so you can look at the page and “gather” the words ahead of where you’re speaking. With a book held in front, you can keep your place in the text with a finger or thumb, running it down the page or along the edge.



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Review by Mervyn Love, WritersReign

Can this really happen? Well, after putting it to the test, my persNovel in a Monthonal answer is 'Yes' and 'No'. I purchased this eBook at the beginning of July 2010. The author, Dan Strauss, who has written a number of books for writers, gives a plan on how to tackle, what to many, would seem an unlikely task. He writes in an engaging and upbeat way and lays down exactly what you should be doing from Day 1 to the completion of your book. His premise is that by the end of a month you can have your book ready to send to a publisher.

This was exactly what I needed as, although I've written many short stories, I've never tackled a complete book as it seemed like a daunting chore to me. I had a children's book in my mind which I wanted to get down on paper, and by following his plan and his methods I set about writing it. The plan, and all his other tips and shortcuts, were easy to follow, and I actually enjoyed the process which before had seemed onerous to say the least. And the result? After starting at the beginning of July the book was done by the end of the month! But...

Was my book ready for a publisher at this point? Well, actually, no. Why? Because I had not stuck entirely to the time schedule Dan Strauss sets out. Lost some Brownie points there, I know, but still, I kept going and did all the revision, corrections and so on. This took me another two months so that by the end of September my book was ready to send out. Being a children's book it was shorter than your average blockbuster too, weighing in at just over 54,000 words.

So is writing a Novel In A Month pie in the sky? Well, if I'd stuck to the letter of Dan Strauss's law it could have been done much more quickly. And when I get to work on my next book the experience of doing the first one will be invaluable in completing it faster. Whether I personally could manage it in a month remains to be seen, but come on, be honest, even a book done and dusted in three months by someone who has never written one before is pretty good. Isn't it?

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