Book Prompts

Interactive Read Aloud Cards

‚ÄčBook prompts and interactive read aloud cards

Interactive Read Aloud Cards, also known as Book Prompts, are useful tools for interactive story times. Each book prompt card offers suggestions for sparking children’s interest and enthusiasm for the book that’s about to be read. There are questions and comments to use before, during, and after the story. Before you know it, you’ll have children expressing higher level thinking as they problem solve, predict, delete and make comparisons, and connect concepts for real-life applications! For convenience, place your Book Prompts inside an Anywhere Pocket and adhere to inside cover of book.


Alpha Oops!

A New Year's Reunion

Dreaming UP

The Elephant's Story

If Kids Ran the World 

Let's Go Nuts

Little Red Riding Hood

The Loud Book

The Night Worker

Otto, The Book Bear

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Rah Rah Radishes

Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Smelling Sunshine

Stripes of All Types

The Mitten

The Quiet Book

What's in the Garden?

Wild About Books


Interactive and Dialogic Reading

Interactive and Dialogic Reading are two approached to reading aloud that are based on the belief that children can and should be active participants in the experience.  Teachers take on an expanded role, as well as employ strategies to engage their audience with more than just the story itself!  These methods which involve children asking and answering questions at designated intervals throughout a story have shown promising results in research studies.  We know that actively involving children before, during, and after a story, is an effective way to build critically important reading skills.  For more information on these approaches visit these links:




Before the Story

  • Story Prompts - This is your opportunity to pose intentional questions to build some intrigue about what’s to come!

During the Story

  • Talk Times - Typically during a story, we’ll suggest you stop and make comments to help children comprehend story events and understand the actions of the characters.

After the Story

  • Make it Stick - Children who have an opportunity to talk about books after a shared reading experience make a smoother transition into becoming independent readers. Be prepared with follow up “why” questions that require a thoughtful response. If there’s a topic that captures their attention, run with it!

  • Follow-Up Activities – Try to think outside the box here. Think of one element, one new vocabulary word, one new concept, or anything else worthy that was introduced and prepare an activity to reinforce that learning.


  • Vocabulary Boosters - The trick here is to select a handful of key words or phrases from the story that you think children should hear before you read aloud but not to “teach” the words until you come across them in the story. Be dramatic and creative as you introduce new words.

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