How to Read with Your Child
Sample Questions to Ask:
These are good for starting discussions; pick out a few each day. There are no right or wrong answers.
- Look at the cover illustration, read the title, or read the short excerpt.
- Ask: What do you think might happen in this story?
- Read further. Ask: What do you think will happen next? What makes you think that?
- What part did you like best? Why?
- Did this story remind you of anything you have done or seen?
- Did the story end the way you expected it to? What were the clues that helped you figure it out?
- Is this story like any other you have read or heard? How?
- What questions would you ask if the author were here? Which would be the most important questions? How do you think the author might answer them?
- Did you wonder about anything in this story?
- What would you have done if you were_____________(story character)?
- Was there anything about what we have just read that surprised you?
- Why do you think the title of this book is ___________(book title)?
- Who is the main character of this story? What kind of person is this character? How do you know?
- What character in the book are you most like? Explain.
- What would you change in the story if you were the author?
- Would you have acted differently if you were ______________ (story character)?
- Think of a different ending to the story. How would the rest of the story have to be changed to fit the new ending?