SCASD Librarians' Top Tips for Read-Aloud
- Read as often as you can, but picking a traditional time each day will help start the habit.
- Pick a read-aloud that you enjoy yourself; listeners always pick up on a reader's enthusiasm for a book or story which makes the entire experience more enjoyable for everyone.
- Encourage the child to be involved in the reading
- Ask them to turn pages
- Ask questions such as, "What do you think is going to happen next?"
- For the books a child asks to have read repeatedly, pause at a key phrase or word and let your child provide the next word(s).
- Use plenty of expression when you read. Try different voices for different characters.
- Children are never too old for read-alouds. For reluctant readers, read something they might not be able to read on their own but will engage them on an interest and maturity level that will hold their attention.
- For more ideas, Jim Trelease is the read-aloud guru:
Suggestions of What to Read-Aloud
- SCASD Librarians’ Favorite Read-Alouds
- Younger Readers
- Biscuit Series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (great for kindergarten kids)
- Mr. Putter and Tabby Series by Cynthia Rylant (great for primary kids)
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
- Stuart Little by EB White
- Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
- Anything by Mo Willems!
- You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series by Mary Ann Hoberman
- Humphrey Series by Betty Birney (great choice for intermediate kids)
- Older Elementary to Adult (Yes, even older "kids" like to have books read to them!)
- Any book by Andrew Clements (great for 5th grade kids)
- Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
- Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
- Hoot by Carl Haissen
- Bunnicula by James Howe
- Schlow Centre Region Library - Recommended Reading Lists, sorted by topic and available for download in pdf
- Multnomah County Library: Books to Read-Aloud, for younger, intermediate and older listeners
Additional Read-Aloud Tips