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Reading Questions

Questions to ask before your child reads a book:

  • Why did you select this book?
  • What makes you think this book is going to be interesting?
  • What do you think the book is going to be about?
  • Does this book remind you of anything you've already read or seen?
  • What kind of characters do you think will be in the book?
  • What do you think is going to happen?

Question examples while your child is reading a book:

  • What has happened so far?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • How does that character feel about what has happened? How do you know?
  • If the main character in that story lived next door, would you be friends?
  • If you were that character, what would you have done differently in that situation?
  • Where is the book set?
  • What does that description mean exactly? Why has the writer chosen those words?
  • What does the place look like in your head as you read? Would you want to visit there?
  • Did you learn any new words or facts so far?

Questions examples after your child has finished a book:

  • What was your favourite part of the book? Why?
  • Who was your favourite character? Why?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • Would you have ended the book differently? Did it end the way you thought it would?
  • Did the problem of the book's plot get solved?
  • If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?