Read Aloud Tips for Parents of Preschoolers

Read Aloud Tips for Preschoolers

Introduce the book

  • Read the Title
  • Author & 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; pause at the end of sentences

Answer questions related to the book; save other questions for later

Talk about the story during and after the 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

Pause and wait so children can say the word that ends a repetitive or predictable phrase

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  • What might happen next?
  • Where did he go?
  • Why did she do that?

Follow up on the story, invite children to…

  • Talk about the book
  • Draw pictures about the book
  • Paint pictures similar to the book
  • Pretend to be a character from the book


Happy Reading!