Read Aloud

Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.

This series features wonderful stories read by enthusiastic and animated readers.

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Dave Kelly Reads 'I Met An Elk In Edson Once'

Enthusiastic Reading Champion, Dave Kelly, shares his rhyming story of a roadtrip across Alberta!

Christine Lindberg reads 'The Good Little Book' by Kyo Maclear

While banished to a dusty study one day "to think things over", a boy pulls a book off a shelf and with great reluctance begins to read. As the afternoon passes, the story nabs him and carries him away. Before long, this good little book becomes his loyal companion, accompanying him everywhere ... until, one day, the book is lost. Will this bad little boy get back his good little book? Christine was a Reader in Residence at our Little Red Reading House by Calgary Reads.

Chris Hunt reads 'You're Finally Here' by Mélanie Watt

At first, this little bunny is deliriously excited by your arrival, but now that you're finally here, he wants to know: where were you? He's been waiting long enough to learn an accordion solo, among other time-consuming pursuits. Chris Hunt is a friend of Calgary Reads and an award-winning actor, teacher, mentor, and director.

Marichu & Cesar read 'The Day You Begin' by Jacqueline Woodson

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Cesar Cala & Marichu Antonio are beloved and well-respected Calgary community organizers by day and grandparents by weekend and holiday.

Read Aloud -- Excerpt from "Proust and the Squid"

CEO Steacy Pinney (Collyer) reads aloud an excerpt from Maryanne Wolf's "Proust and the Squid" then shares how to R.E.A.D every day that you eat!