Mar 2, 2012

10 Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

Based on "Thirty DO's to Remember When Reading Aloud" by Jim Trelease

First of all let me just say, I LOVE THIS BOOK. It has the best tips on how to begin reading aloud and which books to choose, suggests ways to create reader-friendly home, classroom, and library environments. And my favorite, it gives tips on luring children away from the television.

1. Remember: The art of listening is acquired.

2. Set aside at least one traditional time each day for a story.

3. Read slowly enough for the child to build mental pictures.

4. Use plenty of expression, change your tone of voice, and adjust your pace to fit the story.

5. Encourage involvement; invite the child to turn pages for you.

6. Ask "What do you think is going to happen next?"

7. During repeat readings of a predictable book, stop at key phrases and allow the child to provide the words.

8. If you can't finish a chapter, find a suspenseful spot at which to stop.

9. Vary the length and topics of your readings, fiction and nonfiction.

10. Reading aloud comes naturally to very few people. To do it with ease takes practice. It's worth it!

What tips do you have for reading aloud to children? Be sure to let me know in the comments.


  1. Thanks for these tips. I started reading to my daughter when she was a baby, and I still do now that she's already 6. Yup, I ask her, "What do you think will happen next?" That keeps her engaged :)

  2. I started with my son when he was born and he will be 2 in August. He loves everything Dr. Seuss. He likes anything with a rhyme that he can predict and repeat.

    Keeping them engaged is definitely the way to go. As long as you can find a variety of books and keep them engaged, you will grow a life-long reader.

  3. I love reading to my children we do it every day. My kids still love to cuddle up and listen to a good story. Great tips and thanks for sharing on the NOBH

  4. Great tips for reading out loud!


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