With all the fun technology, games, and TV shows surrounding our children, it can be quite the task to get Kindergartners into reading. Watching a TV show is just so much easier than reading it! And it’s more engaging! One way to combat TV-dependency in kids is to make reading just as fun– if not more fun!– than the technology that surrounds them. Read Alouds for Kindergartners are a great way to let kids take it easy and absorb an engaging story without having to read it themselves!
The Benefits of Read-Alouds
Read-Alouds for Kindergartners (RAs) are age-appropriate books that are too advanced for students to read themselves. A parent, tutor, or other adult reads them out loud, engaging the children in active narration (using funny voices, conveying the emotion of the book through gasps/laughs/faces, etc,). While reading book themselves helps students learn new words and improves reading comprehension, RAs actively demonstrate to children proper syntax and sentence inflection, cue words for style and tone, and advanced vocabulary words. It might take some time to get used to reading out loud to kids- all the while making it engaging- but eventually it’ll be second nature…. and a fun activity for the family!
What You Should Read To Your Kindergartner
The best kinds of read alouds for Kindergartners are those that have an age-appropriate story to tell, but would be too advanced of a book for them to read themselves. The books should be educational and engaging; however, the amount of time that your kids stay engaged is up to you! Reading out loud to kids can be daunting, but you will get better over time. Just remember: don’t be afraid to get silly!
Read Alouds for Kindergartners
Below is a comprehensive list of age-appropriate books that you can read to your student (see link attached to view authors and more info!). They range in size from 30-page readers to 300-page novels. As Pre-K through K age can only pay attention for about 30 minutes, pace the longer books out, so children can really enjoy them. Here are a few of our favorites!
- Henry the Dog with No Tail
- Junie B. Jones Series
- Amelia Bedelia
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (some of the stories may be too intense for younger listeners)
- Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
- Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
- Bedtime for Francis
- She Persisted
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
- Aesop’s Fables
- Peter and the Starcatchers
- Dear, Zoo
- No, David!
- The Lion and the Mouse
- Yertle the Turtle
- An Elephant in the Garden
- The Book with No Pictures
- Biographies of notable historical figures