Teaching Early Literacy Skills with Dialogic Reading—
It's Fun!

Engage your child with the book by asking questions and encouraging conversation.

Sharing books with children is important, but the WAY we share them is just as important! Research has suggested different ways of sharing a book that can help parents and caregivers teach early literacy skills in various and engaging ways. Dialogic Reading is a fun way to share books with your younger preschooler of two or three years.

What is Dialogic Reading?

Dialogic Reading (or Hear and Say Reading) is using the pictures in a book to talk with your child. You will usually use Dialogic Reading with a book you have already shared with your child. It's a fun and different way of sharing books—and their pictures.

Let's Try It!

All of this talk surrounds the pictures in the book - not necessarily the story. The pictures become vehicles for give-and-take conversations between parent and child.

Adults should allow the child at least 5 seconds to respond before prompting or responding for the child. Add extra descriptive words to the response, too, and then prompt the child again with an observation or question. Keep the conversation going, but always keep it fun!

The Best Books for Dialogic Reading:

Guidelines from Storytimes for Everyone by Saroj Ghoting (www.earlylit.net)

Some Good Books for Dialogic Reading:

Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Chugga Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere
Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

There are, of course, many more. Ask your librarian for suggestions!