A Friday digression for you all, as I sit here with my coffee and prepare to do my taxes.
I've been reading Ginger Pye to Ella at night (Winner's Circle entry to come), and I have been pleasantly surprised by what a good read-aloud it is. It's filled with the kind of prose that rolls effortlessly off the tongue; that requires no special theatrics on the part of the speaker to infuse it with energy; that's conversational without being choppy and languid without bogging down in description.
For the life of me, though, I can't pinpoint the exact qualities that make up a good read-aloud. It's unpredictable. There are definitely some excellent books that fail this particular test (reading A Wrinkle in Time aloud was excruciating).
So, dear readers, I was hoping that you might be able to lend me your insights, especially since some of you are classroom teachers and school librarians who have more than one-on-one experience with reading novels aloud. Tell me: in your opinion, what makes a good read-aloud?