In today’s Literacy Fast Facts, we’ve got a quotation from Mr. Jim Trelease himself, the King of Reading Aloud to Children. Children need LOTS of words to become readers. If they’ve heard a word before, it’s easier for them to recognize it and sound it out when they’re reading on their own. Kids also need tons of background knowledge to comprehend what they’re reading. And how can kids learn lots of new words? By hearing lots of picture books, that’s how! Oh, and by having caring adults in their lives who talk to them, also, but still – I know I don’t use more than, say, 12 rare words per thousand. At most.