Watch This College Professor Explain the Importance of Reading Aloud

Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children – and it may be even more important to kids than you think. In a TEDx talk, Columbia University Teachers College professor Rebecca Bellingham explains what makes reading aloud so magical. Check out the full video below!

Bellingham, who teaches in the Literacy Specialist Program at Columbia, used her talk to explore the things that make reading aloud important. For kids, Bellingham argues, reading aloud is the key to getting “inside” a book.

Bellingham speaks specifically about reading Charlotte’s Web, the classic E.B. White book, and how it opened up the reading experience for the kids in her class. For Bellingham, it was her experience with Charlotte’s Web that really drove home the power of reading aloud.

This talk took place at a TEDx event called TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet (TEDx events, unlike TED events, are independently organized). TED and TEDx events frequently feature great talks about books and reading. TED is also the responsible for the great TED-Ed videos, including this informative one on the semicolon.