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?