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Questions to ask when reading with your child

Asking your child questions whilst reading together will help them to gain a better understanding of the text, develop a broader range of vocabulary and enhance their creativity. 

 

You may like to use a selection of the questions below when reading with your child:

Fiction

  • Look at the front cover. What could this story be about?
  • Who is the author/illustrator? What do they do?
  • Where does the story take place? (setting)
  • Who are the main characters in the story?
  • Can you retell the story using your own words?
  • Tell me what this character was like?
  • Tell me the most interesting/exciting/funniest/your favourite part of the story? Why?
  • What do you think the character feels about...? How can you tell?
  • What do you think would have happened if…?
  • What do you think is going to happen next? Can you guess the ending?
  • Which part of this book did you like best/least? Why?
  • How has the author used words/phrases to make this character funny/sad/clever/frightening/excited etc.?
  • Do you like the way the story ended? Can you think of a different ending?
  • Do you know any more stories like this? Tell me how they are alike.
  • Do you know another story with similar characters in? Tell me how they are similar.
  • Has anything like this ever happened to you?

 

Non Fiction

  • Tell me two things you found out that you didn’t know before.
  • What does this part of the text tell us about ….?
  • Which part of the text tells us about …? 
  • Why are some words in bold?
  • How does this text/layout help the reader?
  • How does a diagram/picture/caption help you to understand the information on this page?
  • What can you use to help you find the information you need quickly?
  • How does a glossary help us?
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