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Story Time: Reading Aloud

Fall 2017 Story Time Schedule

During Story Time, children and teachers from BMCC's Early Childhood Center visit the Library and hear stories read by staff, faculty, and students. Readings this semester include:

September 28, 2017

Readers: Franklin Winslow (Writing Center), reading Lots of Dots; Yanet Hernandez (Library), reading Perros! Perros!; and Robin Brown (Library) reading The Hide-and-Scare Bear.

October 12, 2017

Readers: Dean Shults

November 9, 2017

Readers: Abbey Williams (Student Affairs), Maria Castillo (Academic Affairs)

December 7, 2017

Readers: Mariana Chapen (Student Activities), Lane Glisson (Library)

Suggested Readings

​McGee, L. M. and Schickedanz, J. (2007). "Repeated interactive read-alouds in preschool and kindergarten." The Reading Teacher. 60(8). 741-751.

Tips for Reading Books to Children

toy cat in seat reading to clay dogs

"Storytime" by Keoni Cabral is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1. Introduce the title of the book, author, and illustrator. It is valuable for children to know that the books have been created by people. The more that they are familiar with the creative output of others the more prepared they will be to share their own stories. Engage the child in a conversation about what they notice in the front cover of the book.

2. Make sure that the children can see the book—and the text and the illustrations as you read the story.

3. Introduce a theme or issue in the book by asking the children an open-ended question. This engages the children before they listen to the book.

4. When you are into the text ask the children to guess what will happen next in the story. You'll be encouraging them to predict and wonder.

5. Let the children see your mind at work by wondering and thinking aloud. Modeling the thought process will help them see themselves as thinkers and will encourage them to express their own ideas.

6. At the end of the story ask a reflective open ended question. This will give the children a chance to respond to the reading and will help you assess their understanding of the story. Ask them to talk about the characters they met in the story, and to share what they thought and wondered.

Church, E. B. (2007). “Reading aloud artfully.” Scholastic Early Childhood Today. January/February, 5.
Coiro, J. (2000). “Why read aloud?” Early Childhood Today. 15(2), 12.
Marrus, Iris. (2012 Fall Term). Lectures from Developing Music Appreciation in Early Childhood Settings, Birth to Grade 2. Bronx: Lehman College.
McGee, L. M. & Schickedanz, J. (2007). “Repeated interactive read-alouds in preschool and kindergarten.” The Reading Teacher. 60(8), 742-751.
Ray, K. W. & Glover, M. (2008). Already ready. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 145.

Strategies for Reading Aloud

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This guide is based on Lehman College Read Aloud Resource and used with permission of Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College.

Spring 2017 Story Time Schedule

Many many thanks to our readers!

February 9, 2017

Readers: Rhenita Cadogan (Library). Dean Christopher Shults (Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics). Zinia Rahman (Library). Cancelled due to snow storm. :-(

March 9, 2017

Readers: Nataly Ortega (student). Erimi Trejo Parra (student). Franklin Winslow (Writing Center).

April 6, 2017

Readers: Joe Ginese (Student Affairs), reading There's a Bear in My Chair. Rukiya Goddard (Academic Affairs), reading The Day the Crayons Quit. Warda Rehman (student), reading Bear and Squirrel Are Friends.

May 4, 2017

Readers: TBD