The Reading Aloud Commandments

This is a good guide that recommend good reading habits by parents when reading to their children.

10 Commandments to Reading Aloud

1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.

2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.

3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.

4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.

5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.

6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.

7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.

8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.

9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.

10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.

Mem Fox, Author

Here’s a chart that helps you to select a suitable book for a child to read, according to his or her capabilities.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Dec 23, 2007 @ 18:42:38

    My 1.5 year old niece is more interested in flipping the pages of the book before I can finish Hick Hickory Dock…

    nylusmilk: she’s still so young! at least she wants to flip the pages. i know a 4-year-old who’d rather run away from my lap the moment i try to read to her. 😉 but she likes to pretend to read when i’m reading to imitate me! haha.


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