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9 Questions to Start a Conversation About Books With Your Child

Make talking about books with your child part of your everyday routine.

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By reading to your child — even after she can read on her own — and talking about the books you share together, you are sending a signal that reading is important. Like any conversation, talking about books can happen anywhere and at any time — in the car, at the bus stop, or over dinner. Books can elicit strong feelings that need to be shared. A great way to start is to bring up what you have read recently and how it made you feel. Then, invite your child to do the same.

Here are some questions you can ask to get the conversation going: 

  1. If you could be friends with any character in the book, who would it be and why?
  2. What was the most exciting part of the book?
  3. What surprised you most about the story? Why was it surprising?
  4. What do you think the saddest part of the story was? Why?
  5. Is there anything in this story that is similar to something that has happened in your life? What was it and how is it similar?
  6. What would you do in a situation similar to that faced by a character in the story?
  7. What part of the story made you think it would end the way it did?
  8. How would you change the book's ending if you could re-write it?
  9. How is this book like one you read in the past? Discuss how they are alike and different. (Note: This could be a book by the same author, but doesn't have to be.)

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