Reading to young children is one of the very best things that parents can do for them. Infants will delight in being cuddled and hearing the calming voices of their parents even though they don’t understand the words. Soon they will associate reading with attention, love, and pretty pictures.
As children get older, parents can introduce them to picture books and nursery rhymes. Even at a young age, they will be starting to learn a lot about reading. They will discover that books are read from front to back and that pictures stand for real objects. As you continue to read to them and introduce them to stories, they will find out that the print on the pages stands for words and that pages are read from top-to-bottom and left-to-right. Reading to young children is excellent preparation for formal reading instruction in school.
Try these read-aloud tips:
- Introduce the book: read the title, author, and illustrator; look at the cover; talk about what the book might be about; suggest things to look and listen for.
- Run your finger under the text, while reading.
- Answer questions related to the book; save other questions for later.
- Talk about the story during and after a read-aloud session.
- Use information and reference books to answer children’s questions.
- Ask children to look closely at the pictures to help them understand the story and make predictions about what might happen next.
- Repeat interesting words and rhymes while reading a book and at a later time.
- Stop to ask thinking questions: “What might happen next? Where did he go? Why did she do that?”
PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Read Aloud Picture Books for Infants
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Read Aloud Picture Books for Toddlers
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Toes, Ears, & Nose!: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Marion Dane Bauer
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
Read Aloud Picture Books for Preschoolers
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1) by Michael Bond
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson