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Read alouds for school visits: Kindergarten

Good books for reading aloud to school classes

Read Aloud tips

How to read to children in a group

o   When reading the book, be sure to hold it where all children can see.

o   Tilt it downward to them if they are on the floor.

o   Occasionally hold the book open and pass it in front of you. When reading, speak to the children, not the book.

o   Try to throw in some fun voices, sound effects, etc. (Not every character has to have a voice).

o   Do Dialogic reading.

  • In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story.
  • The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, the audience for the child.
  • Dialogic reading is just children and adults having a conversation about a book.

Selecting Read-Aloud books

o   Use books that encourage participation.

o   Choose books with clear language and pictures, with no more than 5 or 6 lines per page. 

o   Select books that have good stories with simple plots.

o   Books with repeated phrase work very well, as do books with chants, rhymes, and sound effects.

o   Books that have predictability and humor also work well.


Evaluating the Read-aloud ease of a children’s book.


o   Looking at the pictures- how big are they? How colorful? Do they go with the text? Larger, self-explainatory pictures are easier to see by a group.

o   Look at white space- more is good because crowded pages can not be seen by the group.


** Most important storytime tip: HAVE FUN!! If you are having fun and enjoying sharing books with children, then they will be more motivated to learn to read!


Melinda Watkins

Head of Children’s Services

Valley Cottage Library


Read-alouds for Kindergartners