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Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important routines to help raise a reader. When you read aloud to your child, you are modeling fluent reading, building their comprehension skills, and nurturing a love of reading. These guidelines can help you select a read aloud text that provides a great learning opportunity and is fun to read!

Guidelines for selecting a read aloud book


Engaging – Is the story interesting? Will my child enjoy it? If you enjoyed it, chances are your child will.

Relevant – Will your child be able to relate to the story? Does the story teach an important life lesson?

Language – Does the book contain beautiful, playful or interesting language? Will your child be able to learn new vocabulary from it?

Illustrations – Are there colorful, vibrant illustrations that add to the story? Will the illustrations help your child visualize the story?

Content – Will your child learn about new ideas, people or places? Is the topic of the text age appropriate?


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