Reading books out loud- not just for babies

One of the greatest things I have been able to do as a librarian (and a parent) is to learn the many perks of reading out loud to your kids. It’s pushed on almost all parenting websites, articles, magazines, etc etc, but it’s pushed so much you may start to just pass over the articles and information about it like “yeah yeah I know.” But reading to your child shouldn’t stop when they learn to read.

Reading to your child helps them build vocabulary and get more engrossed into a story than they would if they were trying to read it on their own. Listening to you say certain words and phrases will help them correct themselves when they come across those phrases in their own reading. It will help keep your child from becoming a resistant reader and help them better form content awareness.

Here are some great books for you to read to your child even if they are able to read all by themselves. Keep reading to them. 

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Runny Babbit

As you saw in a previous post I had a grand ole time teaching Silverstein to my students earlier this year. I think as a parent I would tend to read this story more towards first-third graders. The reason it’s so great is it’s obviously a very silly premise. Funny is always good. But besides just being funny, kids hear the problems in the words. As you read “Runny be quimble, runny be nick, runny cump over the jandlestick” your child will hear and correct the words in their head. This is, in turn, is helping them to learn active listening and strengthening their language skills.

Winnie the Pooh

I love Disney, and don’t get me wrong, the first Winnie the Pooh movie was spot on. But if all your child knows of Winnie the Pooh is the newer Disney-fied version then you should make sure to read them the classic tale by A.A. Milne. Like with Runny Babbit for older children there are plenty of mistakes in the teddy bear’s thinking and writing that you can point out together. It’s also a great story to discuss the meaning of. This is a great book to read to children kindergarten to second grade.

The Stinky Cheese Man

Fractured fairy tales are all the rage now but this is one of the originals! Jon Scieszka is underrated in my opinion (he has many books in print besides this one) and the mix of humor and language is great for children. Again this one is probably best for kindergarten to third grade but I think even a little older might enjoy the tales.

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket

Arguably so, all of Dr. Seuss’ books can be considered poetry. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket has always been one of my favorites. The mix of real life situations (ie thinking there’s something in your closet) with completely unreal answers (ie it’s a woset) is easy for a child to grasp. The funny language and made up characters are really good for all ages starting as a toddler. I would still read this to a first grader even if they said they were too old for it. Chances are they won’t complain once you start reading.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Of all the classics I have read out loud to my daughter, this has been one of my favorites to reread. There are no lulls in time or action, you have two pages of gray Kansas and BAM- tornado.

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