Jim Trelease

Born: March 23, 1941

Ethnicity: American

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts ('63) and native of New Jersey (Orange, Union and North Plainfield), Jim Trelease was for 20 years an award-winning artist and journalist before turning his career toward education in 1979 when he wrote the first edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook.

Story as life's compass...

“But,” says a teacher, “these are just stories. I’ve got a curriculum to cover. I don’t have time for stories!” Far from suggesting the curriculum be abandoned, I say it is enriched and made meaningful by story. Story does not exist to teach reading skills. Story is the vehicle we use to make sense out of the world–even when we sleep. Dreams are our attempt to make sense out whatever defies logic.

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