Why Did the Author Do That?
Help your child think more broadly about books by asking questions about the author's decision-making and how it shaped the story line. For example, if your child is reading Charlotte's Web, ask why E.B. White decided to make both of the main characters female. Also, why would he allow the animals to tease Wilbur in the beginning? While asking open-ended questions, assure your child that there are no right or wrong answers.