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Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher

When you read aloud to your child, is it a rewarding experience or an exercise in frustration? Here are some ways to help ensure an enjoyable experience for both of you when you read aloud, with children’s books that make great read aloud and effective reading aloud techniques.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 20 minutes

Here’s How:

1. You don’t have to wait for your baby to get to a certain age to begin reading children’s books to him. Start now!

2. Continue reading aloud to your child until he is at least 10 years old. Children continue to benefit from listening to others read long after they themselves have learned to read children’s books.

3. For young children, children’s books with rhyme, rhythm and repetition are excellent. Be sure to read Mother Goose rhymes often.

4. Be consistent about reading aloud to your child. Do it daily and, if possible, about the same time every day. Reading children’s books right before bedtime often works well.

5. If you have several small children, you can read to them together. Picture books work well for this.

6. Don’t be surprised if your children want to hear a favorite children’s book again and again. That’s fine. As they get to really know the story well, have them fill in words for you.

7. Try to choose children’s books that are above your child’s reading level but at the child’s interest level.

8. Some children love reading about the same characters. If that’s what your child likes, choose several short books in a series or a longer chapter book. Reading a chapter a night works well.

9. Vary the subject matter of what you read as well as the type. In addition to fiction, you might also read poetry, magazine articles and non-fiction.

10. Try to find children’s books that match your child’s interests. Get suggestions from the children’s librarian at your school or public library. Check with a bookseller at your favorite bookstore.

11. If your children are several years apart you will need to read to them individually as they get older to ensure that each children’s book you choose is at the appropriate reading and interest level for each child.

12. As your child gets older and gains in reading ability, occasionally pick a book right at her reading level and take turns reading to one another.


1. When reading a chapter of a children’s book each night, always review what happened in the previous night’s chapter before starting a new chapter.

2. When you begin reading aloud to a baby, you will only be able to keep your baby’s attention for a few minutes. That’s to be expected.

3. As children mature, so do their attention spans.

What You Need:

* children’s books

* time

* enthusiasm







Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher

these are good tips. I would definitely follow them when i have a family of my own in the future. Thanks for sharing this to us. God Bless!



Location: Philippines

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher

I started reading to my baby when she was still inside her mom’s womb. I guess, ayoub, that is early enough. hehehe. Now she’s almost two and when I arrive home from school after a hard days work she would give me a big hug and a kiss, then at night I would read her a fairytale. She enjoys it a lot. I enjoy it as so much it makes my heart melt when she learns new things while I’m reading to her.

Colorful reading materials are good for kids ages 2 and below.


~~~a stone is not carved by force but by constant friction~~~



Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent

Thanks for the great information. I started reading to the kids before they could talk. And I always talked away to them. I read before I started my family that the more you spoke and read to them the better and earlier they would speak and read. They all spoke early and I can remember everyone calling hem “chatter boxes”. A fond memory is the kids when they were really little with those little plastic books coming to me and saying “boooook” and trying to climb up and read with me.


Thanks, Debby



Location: Philippines

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher

I understand what you mean Debby. When I arrive from work my daughter would point to her book. And when I ask her if she wants me to read to her she says yes with a smile. It truly is a joy to have your own child appreciate reading. She is starting to converse with me and her mom. Such a wonderful experience for a dad.


Mike McQueen

Location: Colorado, USA

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher, Librarian

Amazing post Ayoub! What insightful conversations by everyone. I’m proud to be a part of all this!




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