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Read-aloud tips from librarian, storyteller, and award-winning author Janice Harrington:

  • Select a book that you love and are eager to share.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.
  • Read the book aloud to yourself before sharing it with children.
  • Plan your read aloud:
    • What concepts will readers need to understand?
    • Are there any new words? Is there any unfamiliar language?
    • How can you encourage student participation as you read the story aloud?
  • Help children to visualize and think about the story beforehand.
  • Use open-ended questions to help them connect the events in the story to what they already know.
  • Encourage children to make predictions: What do they think is going to happen next?
  • What do they think the story is about?
  • Preview the story by taking a "picture walk." Allow students to study the illustrations beforehand. Ask them what they see? Ask them what they think will happen in the story.
  • Be an enthusiastic reading model: show students the pleasure that you take in reading.

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