Have you been reading lots of stories this past week with the kids? We have! I took a leaf out of Dana’s book and renewed my local library card and borrowed a tonne of children’s books to read with the kids during the day at home. We’ve been loving having some new stories to dig into each day! Today, guest contributor Da Poppins is back with Part 3 of the Read Aloud series. Catch up with Part 1 + Part 2.
Spoiler Alert: there’s a bonus free download Reading Aloud “Cheat Sheet” too!
Some books are more fun than others to read for story time, and sometimes it can feel a bit like lucky dip when faced with a large selection of books to choose from. What I know about books is nothing compared to a librarian or bookseller, but I don’t let that stop me. Children’s picture books are my favourite and new-to-me books are easy to assess in just a few minutes. Because we know that you can’t always just a book by it’s cover, I’ve put together my personal nanny tips to help you out!
8 Tips To Selecting Good Read Aloud Books:
1. Good read aloud books don’t have to rhyme
2. Good read aloud books are not dominated by pictures
3. Good read aloud books for younger readers have repetitive sounds, words + concepts
4. Good read aloud books should not force the reader to struggle to find a “voice”
5. Good read aloud books have longer sentence structures
6. Good read aloud books introduce new words and concepts
7. Good read aloud books allow time for story lines + characters to develop
8. Good read aloud books work great as bedtime stories
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“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini
>>> How do you select good read aloud books at home?
>>> Do you scout your local library for new reads too?
Dana, Da Poppins, is a professional career nanny based in Vancouver, Washington, a graduate of the prestigious Northwest Nanny Institute and has over 20 years experience in the industry. Dana is a strong advocate for the benefit of reading and children’s literacy, is a talented scrapbooker, and writes the blog Da Poppins.