Raising Readers in Story County

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, they practice their language skills, learn new words and build narrative skills. They 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 picture book can be used for dialogic reading. Below we have listed some that we use in our StoryPals programs with links to websites you can use to help start conversations and work on vocabulary while you read. Click on the book title to purchase at amazon.com and support Raising Readers in Story County through AmazonSmile. 

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

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

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

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


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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