Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

I love reading. I love reading aloud to children; but reading aloud is a learned skill and took me years to figure out.  Here are some  tips I find helpful when reading aloud to children. It is adapted from 10 Tips for Reading Aloud to Children by Usborne Books & More

  • Remember: the art of listening is acquired; which means kids have to learn to listen. It doesn’t come naturally.
  • The first time your read the book talk about the cover illustrations; this helps draw the listener in
  • Read slowly enough for the listener to build mental pictures; but not too slowly or they’ll lose interest
  • Use lots of expression, change your tone of voice and adjust the pace of your reading to fit the story; for example, if the story is sad, use a sad voice and read slower.
  • If reading to one or two children, let them take turns turning the pages; this will not work with groups of children!
  • Ask the child what they think might happen next; higher order thinking skill at work here
  • When reading a favorite predictable book, pause and let the child provide the words; children love to fill in the words to Brown Bear Brown Bear…
  • Reading a chapter book? Find a suspenseful spot to stop; this will add to the anticipation for the next read and help the child remember.
  • Paper and crayons help keep active hands occupied while listening; I’ve not tried this but I’m open to trying it.
  • Reading aloud doesn’t always come naturally.  Practice makes perfect!


Reading Llama Llama Home with Mama

I’ll add another tip: When reading a story that has names in it, substitute the child’s name for the name of the child in the book. Watch the child’s eyes grow big as they listen more intently to their own story!

What tips do you have to add?

Hop on over to the very fabulous Julie Myers Pron at Just precious and see what others are saying about reading and let’s Read Across  America!



Internet linked book and the Human Body

The Usborne Internet linked First Encyclopedia of the Human Body is the perfect book for kids who love realistic books and also the internet!

Little scientists will love the realistic drawings and facts associated with body parts, bones, muscles, etc.

Even young teens and tweens can learn something from the book as there is a section about hormones.

Instructions are also included on how to access even more

learning on the internet linked portion of this book.

This title is a must have addition to any homeschool, school, or home library.

I give it four paws!


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That’s not my monkey…

“its ears are too soft.”

As you know kids love to be read to; even babies. Here is a book that is especially suited for baby. It’s a touch and feel book about monkeys. Monkeys are silly and cute, just like babies!

Toddlers and even infants will enjoy the simple illustrations and the different soft touches of the monkey’s fur. Rhyming text helps readers anticipate what may come next in the storyline. I would like to see more animals in the story or perhaps a slightly longer story or maybe a little more detail or interest, but otherwise, easy for the littlest of little ones to enjoy.




I give this cute baby book 2 paws. 


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