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Guide for Dads: Key Points to Remember About Reading Aloud

Author George Jacobs Ph.D. and Wan Loh Inn Ed.D.
Submitted 18-04-2008

Here is a list of key points to take away after reading these articles:

  • Reading aloud nurtures a love for reading and strong bonds between readers and children. These two goals are more important than using reading aloud primarily to rush children to reading on their own or making a read aloud session into a tutorial session.

  • Children’s areas of interest and comprehension level must be kept in mind, although sometimes dads may want to try to expand those interests and that comprehension level.

  • Minimize distractions. Turn off the TV or, if that is not possible, move as far away from it as possible.

  • All children benefit from being read to. Include infants and toddlers, and don’t stop reading aloud once children can read on their own.

  • Take your time. The book isn’t the main thing. The main thing is the discussion dads have with the children based on the book.

  • Dads expand children’s skills, confidence and reading collection when they help them to produce their own reading materials.

Dad reminder: You can start to read to your kids at ANY age. It’s fun for the kids and dad. It really is a dad duty!

– George Jacobs, Ph.D. and Wan Loh Inn, Ed.D.


Dr. George Jacobs, Ph.D. and Dr. Wan Loh Inn, Ed.D. are the authors of many books (including “The Read Aloud Guide”, textbooks for teachers and students, curriculum guides, and children’s storybooks).


Find out more about reading aloud to your kids.