Strong home/school communications lead to improved literacy learning for all students (Guthrie & Greaney, 1991). One of the most signicant home activities that supports improved literacy learning is reading aloud to children (Durkin, 1966; Strickland & Taylor, 1989; Trelease, 1989). Authentic literature in the classroom is the same type of literature that many children hear when read to at home. By having the same type of literature in both places, the activities of the home and school will more forcefully support each other. Reading authentic literature aloud to students helps to develop their prior knowledge, build their understanding of many concepts, develop their oral language and vocabulary, promote the joy and pleasure of reading, and develop the sense of importance of literacy learning (Cullinan, 1992).
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