How School Librarians Can Assist You: Reading with Your Children

How to Read Aloud to Your Child and Why It's Important

According to the Family Literacy Foundation, the many benefits of reading aloud with children are:

  • Children's self esteem grows as they experience the security of having a parent or other caring person read aloud with them.
  • Children experience increased communication with parents and other family members.
  • Children are introduced to new concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet, in a fun, age appropriate way.
  • Children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills.
  • Children develop imagination and creativity.
  • Children learn information about the world around them.
  • Children develop individual interests in special subjects like dinosaurs, cats, or cars.
  • Children learn positive behavior patterns and social values.
  • Children learn positive attitudes towards themselves and others.

Websites about Reading to Your Child

Reading Aloud: Tips for Parents and Teachers external link icon
This website has a collection of resources that explain how to read aloud and which stories to select for young children, children, and teenagers.

Reading is Fundamental: Reading Aloud external link icon
Research shows that reading aloud to your child is the number one indicator of how well your child will read; this website includes information and tips about reading aloud.

Books about Reading to Your Child

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
Mem Fox

The Read-Aloud Handbook, 6th ed.
Jim Trelease

Developing Early Literacy external link icon
National Institute of Literacy

Literacy Begins at Home external link icon
National Institute of Literacy

Booklists of Books that Children Love

Hedgehog Books external link icon
Experienced teachers have organized lists of great read aloud books for children from pre-K to 8th grade.

ALSC Notable Books external link icon
Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, or outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways. Books that win the Newbery and Caldecott Awards are automatically included in this list.

Monster Librarian external link icon
This website for children 12 and younger recommend scary stories for children to read.

S.T.E.M Booklist for Kids and Teens external link icon
This website lists books that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for middle and high school students.

YALSA Booklists & Book Awards external link icon
The Young Adult Library Services Association provides a one-stop shop for information and suggestions about your teen and reading. This website includes teen award winners and books that teens will love. This website is geared towards children.