What makes a good story?
Think of a book that you’ve read to your young child, which they’ve loved it – in which case you’ve probably read it hundreds of times!
What was it they loved?
Books on ‘repeat cycle’ at your house often have similar features. Things like:
An engaging story
A lead character
An element of drama
A chorus or refrain which children can remember and join in with, and
A desire to turn the page to see what happens next
Stories also come alive due to how the reader delivers the story:
Your use of different voices for the different characters
The tone of your voice – serious or light-hearted
The volume of your voice – a loud growly voice, or a gentle whisper.
The questions you ask to engage the child in the story
The enthusiasm in your face and
The encouragement you give for your child to join in.
Why does your child choose the same book over and over? Read more