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The Movie Read: Bring Purpose and Power to Reading Aloud Remotely
—Dr. Lester Laminack

About the Author

Lester L. Laminack, Ed.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Birth–Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle Grades Education at Western Carolina University. He is a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the U.S., and is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English. He has received two awards for excellence in teaching at WCU: the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Expert Idea

The Movie Read

Dr. Laminack presents the Best Friend Book (BFB) approach to the read-aloud. A BFB is a book that students treasure and want to experience again and again. Much like a real best friend, it takes students time and repeated visits to recognize the depth of what a BFB has to offer. For a first visit with a BFB, Lester suggests the engaging, cover-to-cover “movie read” to establish a long-term relationship with the book. From there, he recommends rereading the book interactively, with specific teaching goals in mind.

Teach It

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Download the Tip Sheet for Laminack's ideas for how to do a “movie read” with students who are learning at home, including pointers for presenting on video.

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Download the BHH flipbook for students without online access (directions in the Tip Sheet).


Watch and Learn

Laminack introduces the concept of a Best Friend Book.

Laminack describes how to introduce students to their first visit with a Best Friend Book.

Learn More

  • Read a Sample Chapter
    Click here to download an excerpt from The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource.
  • Order the Book
    Click here to order The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource and collections for Grades K–5.