Tips for Reading Non-Fiction With Children – using Under the Ocean as an example
- It’s okay to read a book just the way it’s written cover to cover!
- On the second (third or fourth!) read, or the first if the child needs a bit of encouragement to stick with a book, get them to look a bit closer at the pictures and talk about what you’re reading.
- It’s great to get them showing you things, “where is the octopus?” Also ask open questions, ones that don’t have right or wrong answers “What would it be like to be swimming through this reef?”.
- Think aloud as you read, “I wonder what will be hiding in the rocky reefs?”
- Show them how to use features like the glossary or index. “I wonder what ‘echolocation’ means? Let’s look it up in the glossary.” “Shall we see what other pages have information about penguins? Let’s look in the index.”
- Follow up reading the book to find out more about something that interested them, see ideas blog below for how you might do this.