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Dialogic Reading

A Dialogic Reading Program for Preschoolers

Dialogic reading is a technique that you can use with your preschooler to promote shared reading. During shared reading, you have a conversation or a dialogue with your child about a favorite picture book that you have read several times together.

When your child is actively involved in discussing a book with you, she practices her language skills, learns new words and builds her narrative skills. She will eventually learn to become the storyteller of the book and you will become the listener.

Click on the links below to learn more about how to use the dialogic reading strategies with your preschooler.

Dialogic Reading Handouts

Module 1: Why Read to Your Preschooler?

Module 2: What is Dialogic Reading?

Module 3: The PEER Sequence

Module 4: The CROWD Prompts, Enrichment Activities

Dialogic Reading Suggestions

Any children's can be used for dialogic reading. Below we have listed some that we use in our StoryPals programs. Click on the book title to purchase at amazon.com and support Raising Readers in Story County through AmazonSmile. Also, some books have links to websites you can use to help start conversations and work on vocabulary while you read.

A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman. A Pocket for Corduroy Dialogic Reading Guide

A Trip to the Firehouse (Reading Railroad) by Wendy Cheyellt Lewison. A Trip to the Firehouse Dialogic Reading Guide

Blueberries for Sal (Puffin Storytime) by Robert McCloskey. Blueberries for Sal Dialogic Reading Guide

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. Bunny Cakes Dialogic Reading Guide

Can I Keep Him? (Picture Puffin) by Steven Kellogg.

Construction Trucks (Reading Railroad) by Jennifer Dussling.

Corduroy (40th Anniversary Edition) by Don Freeman.

Cows Can't Fly by David Milgrim.

Duck (Watch It Grow) by Barrie Watts.

Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell.

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting.

The Frog: 2 (See How They Grow) by Kim Taylor and Jane Burton.

Gilberto and the Wind (Picture Puffins) by Marie Hall Ets. Gilberto and the Wind Dialogic Reading Guide

Golden Bear (Picture Puffins) by Ruth Young.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett. Goldilocks and the Three Bears Dialogic Reading Guide

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. Good Night, Gorilla Dialogic Reading Guide

Hooray, a Pinata! (Picture Puffins) by Elisa Kleven.

I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel. I Took My Frog to the Library Dialogic Reading Guide

La Isla (Picture Puffins) by Arthur Dorros.

Little Cloud (Picture Puffins) by Eric Carle. Little Cloud Dialogic Reading Activities

No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold. No Jumping on the Bed! Dialogic Reading Guide

Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky. Oonga Boonga Dialogic Reading Guide

Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats.

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. Peace at Last Dialogic Reading Guide

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David McPhail. Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! Dialogic Reading Guide

Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky. Rabbits and Raindrops Dialogic Reading Guide

Road Builders by B.G. Hennessy. Road Builders Dialogic Reading Guide

Spike in the City by Paulette Bogan. Spike in the City Dialogic Reading Guide

The Adventures of Taxi Dog (Picture Puffins) by Debra and Sal Barracca. The Adventures of Taxi Dog Dialogic Reading Guide

The Day the Goose Got Loose (A Puffin Pied Piper) by Reeve Lindbergh. The Day the Goose Got Loose Dialogic Reading Guide

The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard (Live Oak Readalong) by B.G. Hennessy. The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyward Dialogic Reading Guide

The Father Who Had 10 Children by Benedicte Guettier. The Father Who Had 10 Children Dialogic Reading Guide

The Old Man & His Door by Gary Soto. The Old Man & His Door Dialogic Reading Guide

The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston. The Quilt Story Dialogic Reading Guide

The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Edition by Ezra Jack Keats. The Snowy Day Dialogic Reading Guide

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Dialogic Reading Guide

The Three Little Pigs (Reading Railroad Books) by James Marshall. The Three Little Pigs Dialogic Reading Guide

The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza. The Wolf's Chicken Stew Dialogic Reading Guide

Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale. Ten in the Bed Dialogic Reading Guide

Whistle for Willie (Picture Puffins) by Ezra Jack Keats. Whistle for Willie Dialogic Reading Guide

Dialogic Reading References:

The Dialogic Reading Method

Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read to Preschoolers by Gover J. (Russ) Whitehurst

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