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Shared Reading

Reading Response

Use these prompts when sharing stories with your children. 


Before Reading

  • What could this book be about? 
  • Can you point to the title? or What is this? (pointing to the title)
  •  What do you think this story will be about?
  • What might happen in the story?
  • What do we call the writing on the back of the book? (Blurb) or What does the blurb tell us?
  • Talk about the different parts of the book (eg. Front cover, back cover, title, author, illustrator, blurb)

During The Story

  • Tell me what is happening in the pictures?
  • What has happened so far? Is it what you expected to happen?
  • What might happen next?
  • How do you think the story might end?
  • What sort of character is….? Is he/she friendly/ mean/ nice…?
  • Ask children about events in the story: How would you feel if you had been that character? Has anything like that happened to you? Would you like that to happen to you? 


After The Story

  • What was their favourite part? Why?

• What was the most interesting/ exciting part of the book? Can you find it?

  • Why did that character do … (give a situation/ event from the story)?

• What happened in the story? • Are there any words or phrases that you enjoyed?

• Did the pictures help you to understand the story better? 

• Does this story remind you of anything that has happened to you? 

  • Did you like this book? Why? (Encourage children to develop their opinion about books by encouraging them to explain their reasons)