Talk About Books While Reading!

Talking about books while reading helps children expand their background knowledge on different subjects.


Take a picture walk through a book. This is not reading the book, but having a conversation about the book.

Example: The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

The Little Red Hen


  • Title
  • Author and what an author does
  • Objects on each page (Cover- shovel, seeds, house, watering can, etc.)
  • Ask open-ended questions such as:
    “What do you think will happen?” (Planting seeds?)
    “Where does this story take place?”
    “What kind of animals are in this story?”
    “What do you think she is going to make?”
    “How do you think the little red hen feels when no one helps?”
    “Is it fair that the little red hen does all of the work?”
    “What would you do in her situation?”
  • Questions can be altered based on the book you are reading, but ask a variety of questions about what is happening in the book. This will help your child develop background knowledge about multiple subjects.

Suggested Books:

I Am So Brave Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? The Three Bears The Three Bully Goats