Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. … Even after children learn to read themselves, it is still important to read aloud to them.“Reading with Your Child” / Reading Rocket
I find reading with children the most enjoyable experience. As an avid reader and book lover myself, I love to share books of all kinds with children. I love the interaction of the shared reading experience. It’s fascinating to see children’s reactions and hear their observations and questions as they immerse themselves in a story. There is no better way to make a connection with a child than to share a book with them.
Most young children naturally love to read and engage with books. Often children love to read the same story over and over almost to the point of committing the story to memory. Children connect to the language and can identify with the characters if the book is a good quality book. The experience that the reader and the child can have during a shared read aloud is special and can create a bond and help develop a life long love of reading if the experience is a consistent one and an uninterrupted time.
Choosing good quality books to share with children is important. There are so many children’s books but not all are worth sitting down to read. Repetitive or rhyming text is important for very young children. Stories that are relatable or relevant to the life of the reader make the book easier to engage with. Choose books that have all different kinds of people in them. Don’t forget the books that show characters in all different roles with all different abilities. And don’t leave out books with strong female lead characters.
While reading help your child make a connection between what they already know and what they are reading. Help them to build on their prior knowledge. Ask children questions that help them make connections between the story and their own lives such as:
The character lives in New York city just like your Uncle Dan.
Lucy seems scared in this story, remember when you were scared your first day of school?
The girl in this story calls her grandfather Papa just like you do.
To prepare for your next read aloud with your child, check out some of the top quality books by using the links below. Spend as much time as you can reading with your child because they will always remember it and if you do it consistently, you will create a life long reader, which is also a life long learner.