Jim Trelease

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Jim Trelease (born March 23, 1941), also known as James Joseph Trelease, is an educator and author who stresses reading aloud to children as a way to instill in them the love of literature.

James “Jim” Trelease was born on March 23 in Orange, New Jersey to George Edward and Jane (Conlan) Trelease, a Cornish American family. In 1945, his family moved to Union, New Jersey where he ... more »

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  • You become a reader because you saw and heard someone you admired enjoying the experience, someone led you to the world of books even before you could read, let you taste the magic of stories, took yo...
    Jim Trelease (20th century). The New Read-Aloud Handbook, ch. 1 (1985).
  • ''Skill sheets, workbooks, basal reader, flash cards are not enough. To convey meaning you need someone sharing the meaning and flavor of real stories with the student.''
    Jim Trelease (20th century). The New Read-Aloud Handbook, ch. 1 (1985).
  • ''The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four—of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.''
    Jim Trelease (20th century), U.S. educator. The Read-Aloud Handbook, introduction (1985).
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