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Lehman College Read Aloud Resource: Reading Aloud

List of Readings

Read Alouds at the Child Care Center bring high quality picture books and engaging readings to the Lehman College Child Care Center children. Readings this semester include:

June 2, 2017

Reader: Alison Lehner-Quam read Biscuit Loves the Library, Lola at the Library, Skunk on a String, and Splat the Cat and the Late Library Book.

May 12, 2017

Readers: Madeline Cohen and Alison Lehner-Quam read Apples and Robins, Are You Ready to Play Outside?, On the Ball, and Shark Detective

May 5, 2017

Reader: Alison Lehner-Quam read 1 Big Salad, Freight Train, and What's Your Sound Hound the Hound

April 21, 2017

Readers: Sean O'Heir and Alison Lehner-Quam read Growing Vegetable Soup, In the Small, Small Pond, Marta! Big and Small, Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching, Planting a Rainbow, and And the Spring Grass Grew All Around

March 3, 2017

Readers: Stefanie Havelka and Alison Lehner-Quam; Books read included  What Noise Do I Make?, The Foot Book, Santiago Stays, and This is my Book.

February 10, 2017

Reader: Stacy Katz; Books read included Exclamation Mark, Friendshape, Let's Go for a Drive, Next Stop Grand Central, Waiting is not Easy, We are in a Book.

December 2, 2016

Readers: Sefanie Havelka and Alison Lehner-Quam; Books read included Have you Seen Elephant?, Marta! Big and Small, Opuestos, They all Saw a Cat, Zoo Clues: My Feet are Webbed and Orange, and Zoo Clues: My Teeth are Sharp and Pointy.

November 4, 2016

Readers: Martha Lerski and Alison Lehner-Quam; Books read included Because of an Acorn, Bug Zoo, Leo Can Swim, Sleep Tight Farm, and Twenty Yawns.

October 14, 2016

Readers: Sean O'Heir and Alison Lehner-Quam; Books read included Bella's Fall Coat and Papillon.

September 30, 2016

Readers: Stacy Katz and Alison Lehner-Quam; Books read included Animal Talk, Cars Go, Every Little Thing, Everyone, Puddle, The Thank You Book and When Andy Met Sandy.

Tips for Reading Books to Children

1. Introduce the title of the book, author, and illustrator. It is valuable for children to know that the books have been created by people. The more that they are familiar with the creative output of others the more prepared they will be to share their own stories. Engage the child in a conversation about what they notice in the front cover of the book.

2. Make sure that the children can see the book—and the text and the illustrations as you read the story.

3. Introduce a theme or issue in the book by asking the children an open-ended question. This engages the children before they listen to the book.

4. When you are into the text ask the children to guess what will happen next in the story. You'll be encouraging them to predict and wonder.

5. Let the children see your mind at work by wondering and thinking aloud. Modeling the thought process will help them see themselves as thinkers and will encourage them to express their own ideas.

6. At the end of the story ask a reflective open ended question. This will give the children a chance to respond to the reading and will help you assess their understanding of the story. Ask them to talk about the characters they met in the story, and to share what they thought and wondered.

Church, E. B. (2007). “Reading aloud artfully.” Scholastic Early Childhood Today. January/February, 5.
Coiro, J. (2000). “Why read aloud?” Early Childhood Today. 15(2), 12.
Marrus, Iris. (2012 Fall Term). Lectures from Developing Music Appreciation in Early Childhood Settings, Birth to Grade 2. Bronx: Lehman College.
McGee, L. M. & Schickedanz, J. (2007). “Repeated interactive read-alouds in preschool and kindergarten.” The Reading Teacher. 60(8), 742-751.
Ray, K. W. & Glover, M. (2008). Already ready. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 145.

Education Librarian

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Alison Lehner-Quam
Leonard Lief Library

250 Bedford Park Blvd. West

Bronx, NY 10468


Suggested Readings

Amsberry, D. and Rojas, A. (2005-2006) "Connecting academic libraries and early childhood literacy: Story time on campus." JLAMS 2(1) 5-16

Fox, Mem. (2001). Reading magic : Why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever. New York: Harcourt. Call number: Education - LB1042 .F64 2001

McGee, L. M. and Schickedanz, J. (2007). "Repeated interactive read-alouds in preschool and kindergarten." The Reading Teacher. 60(8). 741-751.

Ray, K. W. & Glover, M. (2008). Already ready: Nurturing writers in preschool and kindergarten.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.