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Lehman College Read Aloud Resource: Reading Aloud

List of Readings

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

May 17, 2019

Readers: John DeLooper and Alison Lehner Quam read: Baby Goes to Market, Don't Blink!, I Will Race You through this Book!, and Thank You, Bees.

April 5, 2019

Reader: Alison Lehner Quam read: The Crocodile and the Dentist, Hush Little Bunny, Lizard from the Park and And the Spring Grass Grew All Around!

March 29, 2019

Reader: Alison Lehner Quam read: Builders & Breakers, Dude!, Look, So Light, So Heavy and And the Spring Grass Grew All Around!

March 27, 2019

Reader at the Speech & Hearing Center: Alison Lehner Quam read: Apples and Robins, Dude!, Float, and And the Spring Grass Grew All Around!

February 8, 2019

Readers: Joan Jocson-Singh and Alison Lehner Quam read: I Can Dream, Got to Go to Bears!, Little Truck, Pie is for Sharing, and These Colors are Bananas, Who Am I?

November 2, 2018

Readers: John DeLooper and Alison Lehner Quam read: Heads and Tails, Run Wild, Thank You, Omu!, and Wake Up!

September 21, 2018

Readers: Alison Lehner-Quam and Robert Farrell read: A Big Mooncake for Little Star, Black Bird Yellow Sun, Hedgehog Needs a Hug, Hungry Bunny, I'm a Duck, and Saturday is Swimming Day.

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

Alison Lehner-Quam's picture
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.