Tips for Reading Aloud
for Reading Aloud
- Cuddle with your
child to create a bond and a positive association
with reading. Hold baby in your lap, with a good
view of the pictures.
- Expect your baby
to explore books with her mouth - this is how babies
learn and interact with their world. You can offer
your child a toy to hold and chew as you turn the
pages of the book.
- Point to pictures
and name what you see; talk about what's on the
- Ask your baby
questions about what you see on the page and respond
to the noises your baby makes. These
"conversations" lay the foundation for language.
- Stop when your
baby becomes fussy or bored.
- Keep books close
at hand - in the car, in the diaper bag - to share
books anytime, anywhere.
- Set aside a
special time every day for you and your child to
read together. But don't restrict reading to just
- Read slowly and
with lots of expression in your voice; vary your
voice for different characters and events.
- Repeat rhymes,
words and phrases.
- Repeat books if
this is what your toddler wants - repetition is
essential for learning. Allow her to choose what
book she'd like to read.
- Also choose books
that YOU like. Your enjoyment and enthusiasm will
"rub off" on your child.
- Talk about the
pictures; ask questions that cannot be answered with
a yes or no answer - for example, "what is the bear
doing?" "What do you think will happen next?" This
conversational style of reading, called dialogic
reading, makes your child an active
participant and helps with comprehension.
- Make reading an
interactive experience; allow your child to turn
pages, make sounds, ask questions, and point to
- Relate the story
to your child's own experience. For example: "Have
you ever felt scared like Corduroy felt?"
- Don't feel you
need to read a book cover to cover - simply talking
about what you see in a way that holds your child's
interest is enough.
- Read the title and
the author of the book when starting a story.
- Allow your child
to make choices about what he or she would like to
read. At this age, interests are becoming clear.
- Point to words as
you read them, so that your preschooler sees that
print has meaning.
- Pause in the
middle of familiar lines in a favourite book to
allow your preschooler to fill in the right word.
- Ask questions
about the story and talk about it afterward.
- Talk about the
pictures and how they give clues about the story.
- Make predictions
together about what will happen in the story.
- Have fun! Make
reading a rewarding, favourite part of the day,
rather than a chore