I don’t have a strong voice, but I love to read aloud to my second graders. The pleasure of reading aloud started with my own children and sharing the many many books we read aloud as a family. When I first started my career, I was most interested in teaching at the 6th grade level because of the wonderful literature for that particular age group. However, there is equally wonderful literature for every age and grade level, and the joy of reading aloud to young people is the same no matter what level you teach.
When I read aloud to my students I don’t do all the voices (I wish I had that kind of talent), but I do put a lot of expression into my reading, and the kids appreciate that. What I love is to look at the faces of my students (young or old) as I read to them, to see their rapt attention, their involvement in the story, their anticipation of the next sentence. And I dearly love to see their faces when I read the final words of a particularly wonderful book … as I did this week with The Wizard of Oz. My class broke into spontaneous applause, not for me, but for the book. It was a joy to share it with them!