Do you ever have a cute little face come up to you in your house either asking you to read them a story or are telling you they need to read you a story for their homework?  To the left is my son and this is the face I see looking at me all the time.

Do you want to be more involved in your child’s reading but aren’t sure how?

Below are a list of questions you can ask before, during, and after reading a book!


  • What does the title tell you about the story?
  • Is there anything in your life that this story reminds you of?
  • Is the story fiction or non-fiction?
  • What would you like to find out in the story?
  • What questions do you have about the story?
  • What do the pictures on the cover tell you about the story?
  • What do the pictures in the book tell you about the story?
  • Identify the author, illustrator, and unfamiliar words.


  • Who are the characters?  Who are the main characters?
  • Which character can you relate to so far?  Why?
  • What questions do you have about the story?
  • What is a problem in the story?
  • How could the problem be solved?
  • How do you think the problem will be solved by the end?
  • Did the solution to one problem cause another problem?
  • How would you solve this problem?
  • Where does the story take place (setting)?


  • Retell the story from beginning to end in your own words.
  • Summarize the story.
  • How does the story end?
  • How was the problem solved?
  • What is the main idea of the story? (What is it mostly about?)
  • How are you and the main character alike or different?
  • How might you end the story differently?
  • What lessons can you learn from the story?
  • What did this story remind you of? (Making a connection)
  • Why do you think the author wrote this story? (Author’s purpose/message)
  • How might you retitle the story and why?