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So You've Been Asked to Read a Book to Children...

So You've Been Asked to Read a Book to Children...

Have you ever been asked to read a book out loud to a group of children? This can be intimidating for community leaders who don’t have the professional training and experience of a children’s librarian!

Here are some tips to help:

  • Read the book first. Practice!
  • Hold the book so children can see the pictures. Point out interesting things on the page.
  • Add your own sound effects, silly voices, and ask questions of your audience as you feel comfortable. The best storytimes are engaging and interactive.
  • Pick a book that’s not too long, is paced well, and doesn’t have too many tongue twisters.

Here are some recommended read-aloud titles from our staff:

My new favorite is Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. If you need help selecting a good book for your audience, or more tips on how to make your read-aloud the best it can be, contact your local children’s librarian!


Information provided by Emily Williams, Teen Services Manager