We're all about having fun with books
Three steps to a rollicking read!
To have fun with books you need to do three things:
1. Find high-interest books
High-interest books are simply books to which kids are attracted. You may not have thought of these selections are kid charmers. Give them a try -- you'll be pleasantly surprised.
- Highly visual books. Look for books with lots of photos or bold illustrations and small blocks of text. DK is a leader in this kind of publishing.
- Choose your own ending books. Kids LOVE the idea that more than one narrative path is possible and that they can make the choice.
- Popular themes. What's hot? Soccer World Cup? Snow storms? Exotic bugs? Ask the kids what they are interested in and seek out books on those topics.
- Silly books. Wacky is good. Zany antics, fractured fairy tales, misadventures of all kinds keep the kids coming back for more. Ask your favorite children's librarian to help or check out some of our Reading Resources.
2. Interact with the kids
Encourage the kids to respond to the books you are reading with them.
- Ask questions. "Why do you think Madeline did that?"
- Prompt predictions. "What will the caterpillar eat next?"
- Explore the illustrations. "Look at how the pictures get bigger as Max visits the Wild Things!"
- Think out loud about the story or structure of the book. "Hmm. The Little Red Hen always responds, "I'll do it myself!" when none of the other animals will help her."
3. Be silly or dramatic
- Bring the book to life with your expression and enthusiasm. Sound worried, excited, scared or bossy, at the story requires.
- Change your voice and your speed. Slow down to build suspense, use a quiet or squeeky voice for a small character and a booming voice for a big one.
- Make mistakes on purpose. "And the third little pig built his house out of banana peels!" The kids will love correcting you.