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Join us at Woodfield Mall and Hawthorn Mall for a signing of Rekha S. Rajan’s book “The Read Aloud Factor” | November 5th 12pm CST and November 12th 5pm CST

November 12 @ 5:00 pm

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The Read Aloud Factor | Rekha S. Rajan

November 5th | 12pm: SCHAUMBURG | 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg IL 60173

November 12th | 5pm: Hawthorn Mall 102 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills IL 60061




This overview of the crucial impact that reading aloud has on brain development in infants and young children pairs upbeat text with current neurological findings, attention-getting statistics, relatable anecdotes, and lots of practical advice. Some childhood educators and seasoned parents might think they have this down pat, since reading to kids has been recommended for years, but arts researcher and early-childhood educator Rajan covers new territory as she explores the why, what, when, and how of making reading a daily habit. Her practical advice aligns with current educational trends (social emotional development, STEAM integration), setting the stage for continuing literacy development once children start preschool or kindergarten. She fully embraces technology, explaining how to effectively involve Alexa, e’readers, and various apps to create reading opportunities, and is a big fan of singing and art projects. User-friendly features include offset tips and techniques, bullet points, fact boxes, word lists, conversation prompts, book suggestions, and copious chapter notes. This accessible, entertaining offering can be used as a supplemental textbook for early childhood and literacy education programs, and public library readers will appreciate the author’s empathy and tenderness. Everyone should read this book—perhaps even out loud to a child.




Rekha S. Rajan, EdD, has been an educator for over twenty years and is a nationally recognized STEAM expert. She holds a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has masters degrees in both music education and early childhood education. Rajan’s work has been featured with NPR, the National Head Start Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the California Alliance for Arts Education, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of multiple books and articles on how the arts, reading, and home-based experiences support children’s development, and has several forthcoming children’s titles. She lives in Chicago, IL.


November 12
5:00 pm
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