How to Read Aloud So Children Will Love Books

Brief Summary of the Video

How can you teach children to love reading—even those kids who hate to read? This video explains how reading books aloud to kids, including teenagers, can teach them to be better readers and to appreciate and enjoy the richness of the written word. Specific tips and techniques are included.

Video Outline: Including Time References for Easy Navigation

In the interests of making this video as user-friendly as possible, below is an outline of the material included on the video with timings marked so you can easily go directly to what you want to see or return to segments you would like to see again.

I have also made a printer-friendly copy available here through google docs in case you would like to have the notes to reference while reading with your family (mostly because it can be useful to have a copy of the interaction questions handy).

I hope you find it useful, and thank you so very much for spending a bit of your time with me here today:

Introduction

  • Opening—0:00
  • Welcome—0:30
  • Why reading matters & why so many kids hate it—1:05
  • How do we get children excited about reading?—2:17
  • Why reading aloud is so powerful—3:16

Step 1: Prosody

  • Prosody defined—4:11
  • The monotone voice of death—4:34
  • How does prosody work?—5:41
  • Why reading aloud with prosody helps—6:11

Step 2: How to Read Aloud with Voice

  • The purpose of voice in reading aloud—6:38
  • Creating voices with changes in pitch, speed and articulation—7:29
  • Creating voices by using accents—8:53
  • Using sound effects—9:50

Step 3: How to Talk About Books

  • The importance of interaction—10:20
  • Summarizing: What has happened so far? —10:35
  • Predicting: What do you think will happen next? —10:47
  • Character Motivations: Why do the characters do what they do? —10:55
  • Ethics: Are the characters’ actions right or wrong? —11:07

A Read Aloud Model:

  • An excerpt from “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling—11:31

Conclusion

  • Closing Comments—13:40

A Note on Reading Research

The research on the value and importance of reading to life success has, particularly in recent years, grown tremendously. If you simply google “why is reading important,” you will find everything you might want to know very quickly.

That said, here is a link to a particularly thorough, well researched, and comprehensive paper on why reading matters if you would like a place to start with looking into this further:

Research on the Components of a Comprehensive
Reading and Writing Instructional Program

Patricia M. Cunningham, Wake Forest University
James W. Cunningham, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Richard L. Allington, University of Florida

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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Great hub! The video seems wonderful, although I couldn't watch the whole thing... Having problem with our internet connection. We have a family reading day, one person reads and the rest listens. All my children love books, they all started reading very early in life, and still enjoys it. Thanks for the info. Voting up


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

LaThings,

Thanks so much for taking the time to watch. It's very cool to hear about a family that has a family reading day! We do not have one on a regular basis yet, but my kids are still to young to get into the larger chapter books in this way just yet. We read picture books with everyone together all the time now, though.

I do hope that it turns out to be of some value to folks.

Thanks again for stopping by,

wayseeker


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia

Great info. When I read aloud to the grands, I always "do" the voices, which they find hilarious. Voted up!


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

Awesome hub...I started reading to my children in the womb and when my oldest son started University his very initimidating professor of political science suggested that he read his classic literature out loud using different voice inflections for different characters, etc. because even as an adult you get more out of it when you hear a voice with different variations and accents, etc. I still read to my 15 year old...he still loves when I read to him. Reading is one of the greatest pleasures of life!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I like the tips you gave here - I'm still having trouble getting the video to appear, so I will keep trying! It's a terrific topic, though, and I am so impressed to see fellow Hubbers embracing the video option!


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Just About It 4 years ago from southern CA

Great Hub! There is so much valuable information on the video. I read to my son several books before bed... I pick one, he picks one and Daddy will pick one. It is the best part of our day!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

This is so awesome! I have a HUGE passion for reading, and after watching your video, I've come to realize just how much of that love stems from my mother and my teachers reading to me aloud.

GREAT guide. Your tips are great, and now I feel like reading to someone! Also, your voices rock.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh, Wayseeker, I love your drooping eyes during the monotone reading segment of the video. We always try to inject different voices and feeling into the books we read to our boys. This is an excellent video!


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Habee,

The joy of watching a little kid bust out laughing as you read is unparalleled! Thanks for taking a look,

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Sallieannluvslife,

This is a wonderful little personal anecdote you have here. Thanks so very much for sharing it! I'm pleased to hear that folks with older kids can still read to them and share the experience as a parent (my kids are still young). I look forward to it!

Thanks for taking the time to take a look,

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Marcy,

Thanks for dropping by. I will investigate this and see what I can do. Happy Hubbing to you!

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Just About It,

I'm very pleased that you found the information useful. It was a bit tricky thinking through how to present it in such a way that others could make use of it effectively. I hope that it helps lots of folks to make reading time richer and more valuable.

Thanks for reading,

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Simone,

If it made you want to read, it did everything it was intended to! Your mention of your "love of reading" influences has caused me to think of my own--a wonderful trip down memory lane. I appreciate you taking the time to stop in and watch my craziness!

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Leahlefler,

It was great fun to imitate the look I get sometimes from my students. It was, perhaps, a bit exaggerated, but not by much.

Thanks so very much for taking the time to watch,

wayseeker


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is an awesome hub wayseeker. Expressions, whether in literature or music, are very important and can make the difference between "liking" and "loving it"

Take care my friend

John


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

John,

It is all in the subtlety of detail and the infusion of passion--no question about that! Thanks so very much for stopping in, John.

wayseeker


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Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

This is absolutely terrific! First, let me tell you how I admire you for working with middle-schoolers. Whew, what a job that must be. Secondly, I completely agree with reading aloud to children of all ages. My daughter, although she was often read to as a youngster, didn't like being forced to read assigned books in high school. Well, I made a deal with her. If she read the first few chapters, and could tell me the story thus far, we would then take turns reading chapters aloud. She loved it. I think it was the combination of my help and attention that she liked so much.

Now, she is 21 and in college. She reads books by the series! without me :(

Thanks for the lesson and the memories, wayseeker!

Margie


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Margie,

Thanks for this wonderful feedback! I'm loving hearing the stories people are telling about their older children who were influenced by reading aloud. My kids are still young, so it's easy for them to love it, but it's so encouraging to hear stories of older children being read to aloud and learning to love reading through it. I see it in my classroom, but the impact parents can have goes WAY beyond anything I can do.

Thanks again for reading,

wayseeker

P.S. Teaching middle school is mostly fun, so long as you stay just a bit crazy, just like them.


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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Love how you present the video and your advices on how to read out loud are most useful. Thank you for sharing! :)


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Kittyjj,

Thanks, kitty! I appreciate you taking the time to watch. I hope you find it useful!

wayseeker


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

One thing I really miss about not having children anymore is not being able to share books with them. We always read to them -- even when they were in their teens. We had a family reading time, since we had no TV. We read a lot of pioneer biographies, and they ate them up.


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

WannaB Writer,

Thanks for sharing this! I just wish that such things were much more common with all of the children I see every day. There are too many people who don't realize how valuable such a thing can be.

Thanks so very much for taking the time to watch,

wayseeker


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

WannaB Writer - my Mom was like you and read to us all the time and now she is taking her love for reading to children in a local elementary school. She LOVES it! The teacher's love it. The children love it - some of them have come from homes that don't have books or mother's who take the time to read to them so it is a great big treat for the kids. Maybe you could look into something like this?


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

sallieannluvslife,

What a cool thing for both your mother and the kids who's lives she touches! Awesome. Those kids need so very much, and simple things like that definitely can make a difference. Thanks to you, as well, for sharing this story here. I hope it inspires many others to do the same.

wayseeker


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Cre8tor 4 years ago from Ohio

Great video! (I have so much to learn about video) and great information! I have 3 boys and know that I would never get them to read if I'd not read to them with some emotion. Good job wayseeker!


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Crea8tor,

Thanks, Crea8tor. Boys are the classic reluctant readers and people often think its just because it does not suit their nature. Reading truly is for everyone, if you can just find a way to open their eyes. Thanks so much for spending some time here,

wayseeker


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alliemacb 4 years ago from Scotland

Brilliant video and I liked the time line given below so I could re-visit particular segments. I always loved hearing stories being read aloud and hope your hub will encourage parents to spend time doing this with their children. Voted up and awesome!


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Allie,

Thanks so much, and I particularly appreciate you mentioning the timeline. I did not know if this would prove a useful tool, so I'm glad you noted it. I think I'll be adding it to my cooking hubs (they all have videos, and I plan to convert them when I have time) and I think it would be useful there as well.

Good luck with your writing!

wayseeker


kelleyward 4 years ago

Another terrific hub wayseeker! Congrats on getting another HOTD you deserve it! Take care Kelley


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

HarrisSaeed,

Sincere thanks for taking the time to watch this. If it helps even one child experience reading with more life, it was well worth the time.

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Kelley,

Thank you. I truly am honored that the staff would select it. My very best to you as well,

wayseeker


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day - very well deserved! This is wonderful. I teach struggling readers and I strongly believe reading aloud is key. Enthusiasm and explaining imagery, symbolism and sensory details has really opened up their interest in reading. Thank you for your advocacy.


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

MissOlive,

Every opportunity I get to help kids love reading is one I take. Thanks so very much for the work you do, and for taking the time to watch a bit of this.

Happy Writing!

wayseeker


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

wayseeker, I've always considered myself a poor judge of character, but I was 100% correct when it came to you. You're a very gifted writer! Congrats on winning HP's HOTH- for the 4th time now!

Take care and enjoy your Sunday

John


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This is a great hub and congratulations on Hub of the Day. Very well deserved as the information you present here is very useful and your enthusiasm shines through. As ever, I am in awe of your video making skills - looking forward to that “how to" hub!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Though I'm not a parent or a teacher, I enjoyed reading your tips. The video was great.


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techygran 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Wayseeker, what a masterful job, and what a perfect medium the video is for this topic! I also appreciate how you have laid out the Table of Contents beneath the video. I agree with you that reading aloud well goes a long way to promoting independent reading and joy in reading. I am thrilled that our older son, a middle-school teacher too, has a lively reading style and that our granddaughters, 4 and 6, are already reading well. My own fondest memories of childhood involve my father reading to us at bedtime from "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The Mill on the Floss" (yes, we were a little precocious!). Voting you useful, up and awesome!


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amord 4 years ago from nigeria

Your hub is so amazing and awesome.Thanks so much for such a wonderful initiative. I think that kids now, and even the unborn babies will be a part of such a wonderful write ups. And I pray that God will continue to use you, to better the life of many children and for the Impartation of knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow.


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Eric Calderwood 4 years ago from USA

The monotone of death! Who can forget the times when we have had to suffer through experiences like that? But when we have had teachers who cared enough to use the pauses and voice like you have shown us, what a difference! Great video and congratulations on HOTD!


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Horatio Plot 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

Congrats buddy. What's that now, 3 in about a month?

I went away to boarding school from the age of 11. For 2 years we were read to in the dormitory everynight before lights out by our Housemaster, Tom Lilley.

C.S. Lewis, Tolkien & The Hardy Boys in particular I remember. 40 years later when I shut my eyes at night I can still hear his voice.

Good job, a well worthy winner of HOTD. You have passion sir, like Mr. Lilley.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day. Great video, and a wonderful idea to include an index.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

What an awesome Hub. Thanks for sharing it. Congratulations on Hub of the day award!


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Melovy,

Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to comment. My thanks for the high praise. The "how-to" video is still cooking...we'll see where it ends up.

Good luck with your ongoing writing,

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Vinaya,

Thanks so very much for taking the time to watch it. It's a subject close to my heart.

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Techygran,

I have very much enjoyed the ways in which this piece has revived memories of these kinds of experiences for kids. I am so very pleased to hear that this is alive and well in the world...not to spread it further!

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Amord,

Thanks for taking the time to watch this. The evidence of your faith in this comment speaks to me in significant ways. I thank you for your prayers, and return them. May the world be a better place by His power.

Blessings, brother.

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Eric,

I don't know anyone who has not had the pleasure of the monotone voice of death--sad as that is. This is just one contribution to helping ensure that we stamp that out! Thanks for watching,

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Millionaire,

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to watch.

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Urmilashukia23,

I sincerely appreciate that you've taken the time to stop in and watch. Happy writing to you!

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Horatio,

It is an honor to be known, read and watched by someone as thoughtful and creative as yourself. I absolutely love these stories that this hub has brought to the surface about memories of being read to. How very cool. May the tradition continue!

Sincere thanks for your support, Horatio...

Bert


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

John,

I must say that I noticed a kind of kindred spirit in you since I read your early work here on Hubpages. Thanks so much for your great articles and your support here. Take care, and keep on writing!

wayseeker


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Great, great video. I love reading to kids so much that I've thought of becoming a storyteller. :) Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Congratualtions! This is truly interesting and it's really full of important info. As a new dad, every bit of info will be useful. My daughter will turn 1 in a few weeks and I'm glad that we started her early when it comes to reading.


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

CClitgirl,

A storyteller? Cool. That would have some very wonderful benefits to it. Whether you do it professionally or not, I think you definitely need to become one. Thanks so much for taking the time to watch,

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

jpcmc,

Thanks so very much for your post. It's awesome to hear from someone in your positio that feels this might be useful...you are who it was really designed for. Read, read, read and love every moment of your daughter's youth--it goes so very fast! Thanks for taking the time to watch,

wayseeker


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recappers delight 4 years ago

This is a very important message to spread. Thanks for much for this very informational hub!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

Wow, this hub has a bit of everything: video, personalized headings, printouts, and on and on. My favorite part, though, is the outline to accompany the video. Great work. Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! Reading to your children or even others' children is so important. I am glad it gets to be highlighted on HubPages.


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Recappers Delight,

Thanks so much for watching. I am honored and thankful that it would be selected. I'm so glad you found it valuable!

wayseeker


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Stephanie,

My thanks for taking the time to watch. It was fun to put together and covered something I feel is very important for all children in a society that is increasingly text-driven all the time. I will remember your comments about a little bit of everything, and try to make that a part of what I do in the future.

Thanks again,

wayseeker


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iefox5 4 years ago

Informative good hub, I liked reading when I was a child but abandoned the good habit. Reading helps kids learn new information faster and effectively.


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

Thanks lefox5. I appreciate you taking the time to watch it.

wayseeker


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pinto2011 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Innovative, informative and an explosive idea makes your hub just special and adorable to go on.


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wayseeker 4 years ago from Colorado Author

pinto2011,

Thank you for your words of compliment, and taking the time to listen and comment--the subject means a great deal to me.

Happy writing,

wayseeker

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