Read alouds for school visits: Tips for Reading Aloud to Groups
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!
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