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This webinar will provide inspiration and proven successful methods for implementing a read-aloud program in schools for school libraries, classrooms and even into homes and the greater community.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00 PM
Where: Online

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Read Aloud for Middle Graders

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
7:00 p.m. Eastern | 6:00 p.m. Central | 5:00 p.m. Mountain | 4:00 p.m. Pacific

Read-aloud is a great way to encourage kids of all ages to enjoy books and yet we rarely read aloud to middle graders. The demands of curriculum and standards have left little time for such “guilty pleasures.”  Recently, Tracey Hecht partnered with the New York Public Library to launch a read aloud program in fourth and fifth grade classes in NYC public schools. Using a novel she wrote with a cinematic vernacular that engages group dynamic, Tracey and the students explored characters’ voices, narration and plot to contribute to the success of the book for listeners. Tracey and the students also looked at other writers who engage great read-aloud through their writing styles and narrative voice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Provide inspiration and proven successful methods for implementing a read-aloud program in schools for school libraries, classrooms and even into homes and the greater community.
  2. Give participants tools for identifying the best books and resources for read-aloud in order to build a collection for in-library use and borrowing.

  3. Encourage middle grade students to write their own read-aloud books with specific techniques that will help them get started.

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Tracey Hecht

Tracey Hecht, founder of Fabled Films Press, is a writer who has written, directed and produced for film. Her first middle grade series, The Nocturnals was launched in Spring 2016 with The Mysterious Abductions. Fabled Films Press, in partnership with the New York Public Library has created a read aloud writing program using The Nocturnals for middle grade students and their teachers. The Mysterious Abductions was chosen by the American Bookselling Association as a Summer 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List pick. Tracey Hecht’s second book in the series, The Ominous Eye, publishes in September 2016.



Also Featuring:

Rebecca Schosha has been working as a children's librarian with the New York Public Library for seventeen years. She attended Swarthmore College and Long Island University's Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Rebecca is currently the children's librarian at the Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village, a branch of The New York Public Library.

Tara Cooper Weiss has taught English at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School in Summit, NJ for fifteen years. A lover of all things literary, Tara is a Certified Journalism Educator and holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, which she finds rather useful for knowing copyright law, and finding the answer to just about everything. In addition to teaching, Tara is passionate about scholastic journalism and has helped the yearbook staff win the Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association of Columbia University.

Rob Reid is a full-time instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he teaches Children’s Literature, Literature for Adolescents, Trends and Issues in Literature K-1, and other courses in library science. A children’s librarian for 14 years, he has also taught for the Indianhead Federated Library System. He is the author of numerous books on children’s programming for ALA Editions, has a regular column in Book Links magazine titled “Reid Aloud Alert,” and writes for Library Sparks magazine.



Attendance during the live webinar is open to all and is complimentary. Access to the webinar archive is available to AASL members as a feature of their membership and subscribers of AASL eCOLLAB. For more information on how to join AASL or subscribe to eCOLLAB, click here.

How to Register

Register through AdobeConnect. On the day of the webinar, log in using the link provided in the confirmation email or via the event login page.

Please note: A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.

Contact Hours

A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


Jennifer Habley 
AASL Manager, Web Communications

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