Literacy Tips for Storytime

It’s no secret that daily reading with kids can have pretty significant improvement in overall literacy, concentration, imagination, and empathy (just to list a few benefits). Daily reading helps, but these gentle nudges will help guide your reading time!

preview the book

SPOILER ALERT: Before you jump into the story, check out the ending! Tap through a few pages on your tablet or thumb through the first pages in your book. Quickly looking through the story will prime your little one and let them know what to expect. It’s kinda like watching the trailer before committing to something on Netflix…always a good idea!

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Here’s your chance to be sneaky. During the book preview, or maybe just before you read a specific page, point out 1-2 words to your kid. Pick a hard one! This takes the mystery out of certain words and encourages your child to be a confident reader.

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Share the mic! Kids want to read, but sometimes they can get burned out before the end of the story. When you and your little one take turns reading, you’re helping build stamina and showing them that they can finish the story (even if it takes a little help).

retell the story

After the story (whether that’s right after reading time or at your next reading session), have your kiddo retell it from memory. If they need extra help, have them hold the book (or flip back through the tablet ) to spark their memory. This is vital for comprehension and will help them learn to find the key points of the story.

connect the story

Kids learn empathy from learning about other stories that they may not have personally experienced. Connect your story to something your little reader has experienced. Read a story about school? Ask them about their class. Read a story with emotional connections? Ask them about a time in their life when they felt the same way!

The key for improvement is taking a few minutes everyday to read with your little one. It may be slow, but everyday your student will learn something, big or little, that will help them become successful readers.

Happy Reading!

Looking for a super special bedtime story? Check out the Starring-You Books on StoryBots.com! Each Starring-You Book features the ability to change out the face and name for a fully-customized bedtime story. Try it out with the “The Biggest Pizza Ever”!

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Prepare your best monster impression for World Read Aloud Day!

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The StoryBots are super excited to support World Read Aloud Day! Celebrated on the first Wednesday in March, World Read Aloud Day, or WRAD, is dedicated to taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

Of course, a great way to celebrate this day and support the cause is to spend some time reading aloud to your child from Starring You Books! Have your child pick his/her favorite book, and settle in for some epic story time.

Here are some tips for reading aloud from LitWorld:

  • Be animated and use a voice that matches the expressions and emotions of the characters during a read aloud to bring the experience alive for listeners.
  • Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits.
  • Ask questions as you read. Ask children to predict what will happen next, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new.
  • Allow children to ask you questions and model the behaviors of an active reader, such as looking back to the text to answer questions.
  • After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the children’s life, their favorite books, or any connections the children come up with.

Check out this kit with even more ideas on how you can celebrate the day!