May 4, 2023

Parents and teachers often stop reading aloud to children as they get older and can read on their own. But reading aloud actually helps students with fluency and vocabulary and boosts their own reading skills. Hear from a teacher who reads aloud to her fifth graders and from our reporter who wrote about the power of reading aloud.


  • Michelle Talbot, Fifth grade teacher, Marguerite Hahn Elementary School, Rohnert Park
  • Karen D’Souza, Reporter, EdSource

Read more from EdSource: The magic of story time: Why is reading aloud to kids so important?

Education Beat is a weekly podcast hosted by EdSource’s Zaidee Stavely and produced by Coby McDonald.

Marie’Sa Rumsey, member of the EdSource California Student Journalism Corps, contributed to this episode.