Making the Story Interesting
Act out different voices. Whether it’s a book about a caterpillar or the three little pigs, there is always room for fun. As you preview the book, come up with some different ways to read each character’s lines, using a vocal expression. You might change the pitch of your voice from low to high, speed it up or slow it down, or add a voice effect like talking in a whisper or creaky voice.
- Also, you’ll likely find that making faces helps too, and can be quite natural. You can also try to act out a specific word, like saying “scared” in a scary voice or saying “happy” in a cheerful tone. Remember, it’s your job to make the grumpy old man in the book sound even grumpier!
Fix-up the reading area. You don’t have to read to the kids in an emotionally sterile environment; make the reading area fun and interesting to be in. You can add comfortable rugs, and throw in some over-sized pillows or bean bag chairs. Also suggest to the parents that the kids bring their favorite comfy blanket if the story is around nap time. You might kill two birds with one stone.
Don’t read too fast. If you find yourself reading too quickly and blowing through the story, the children and the parents may not be able to keep up and you could lose your audience. Practice your rate of speech in advance and time the story. You’ll find that you stay on track better by making yourself aware of your own voice.
- It may be a good idea to take a slight pause of 2-3 seconds as you turn each page. This will add an equal amount of spacing at regular intervals and slow your rate of speech appropriately.