Reading Tips

A comprehensive guide on the purpose and effect of fairy tales and children’s stories by Laura Kready titled, A Study of Fairy Tales was published in 1916 and is included here in part as a resource for your bedtime reading sessions:

Here are a few quick reading tips to help you have a more full and wonderful experience when reading these stories to your children!

1. Enjoy Reading

The most important thing to do when reading a book to your child is enjoy it! That way you convey your pleasure in reading and the child will want to hear more stories!

2. Find the Rhythm

Most stories are written with a kind of rhythm. Your job when reading any story is to find the words that give the rhythm and draw the child  into the story. The choices of the child at the beginning of the story are highlighted. Give extra emphasis to these words, reminding the child of their choices and how they are worked into the story. That’s the magic of this site!

3. Discuss the Images

For those stories that contain images, talk about them with your child. Use them as discussion points and allow the child to freely communicate what he/she enjoys about the picture or how they see it relating to the story.

Pictures are a great discussion piece, but not all stories have them. For those stories that lack pictures, discuss what pictures should be in there and watch the child’s imagination run wild!

4. Answer Questions

Reading stories will inevitably lead to questions. Children may have questions about the vocabulary, the storyline or even random thoughts that come into their mind like, “What’s for dinner tomorrow night?” No matter what the question, try and answer it!

As Michael Rosen said, “You are the bridge between the book and the child, and that is very special.”