Read To Your Child With Expression! Here Is Why….

Do you want to improve your child’s language and comprehension during book reading time? Do you read to your child in a lively, expressive way?

Reading with expression and emotion can make a significant difference in your child’s ability to comprehend and recall information during book reading time. Since many preschoolers are not literate yet, they rely heavily on listening to stories being read to them. I think as parents, most of us naturally use our voices with varying pitch, pauses, and loudness to emphasize certain concepts and feelings of characters in the story. However, being aware of it and knowing that you are doing something good for your child while doing it is another thing!

I recently read a very interesting article by Willam A. Mira and Paul J. Schwanenflugel titled The Impact of Reading Expressiveness on the Listening Comprehension of Storybooks by Prekindergarten Children. It was published in 2013 and sought to determine the impact of how prosody in the readers voice affects a 4 and 5 year old’s ability to understand and recall information about the story.

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Mira, William A. “The Impact of Reading Expressiveness on the Listening Comprehension of Storybooks by Prekindergarten Children.” Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 1 Apr. 2013,





  1. What a great article to review! Thanks for sharing.


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