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After reading through “Tips for choosing picture books”, list some of the strategies that you would find most useful for your sessions Contribute your thoughts to the discussion forum below. Please feel free to comment on or reply to any other contributions.

Discussion

Talisa Jones, 2022/07/01 11:01
When I am deciding on a picture book to read to the little kiddies, I love to look for ones with engaging illustrations, at times I like to use pop-up books as they are always so fun for both me and the audience. I also love books that have the characters speaking so that I can incorporate silly voices that make story time much more amusing and humorous. I especially love when stories rhyme! It creates a much more engaging environment and is easier to read along especially if I am struggling with nerves. And finding a book with a relatable meaning for the kids is always a hit.
Paese, 2022/06/20 11:24
I prepare additional contents to meet the needs of our regular attendants. For example, boys like animals and cars, trucks and heavy machineries. While girls like fairies, dolls, horses or unicorns. Then there are general interests in large books.
Donna, 2022/06/14 16:31
I choose books that my audience will enjoy and ensure that they are funny, have a great story and are interactive.
Laura, 2022/06/13 15:11
Age appropriate, seasonal eg summertime at the beach, interest appropriate (puppies, tractors)
wonderful rhymes or great illustrations
Katie, 2022/06/10 15:51
I generally will pick books that rhyme, aren't too long and have things that I can point out to the kids to get them interacting with the story.
Melissa Travers, 2022/06/01 14:22
I would be picking a book that is age appropriate for the children in attendance, that has colourful or engaging graphics and the story line allows for expression or interaction.
Donna Mead, 2022/05/19 14:29
I like to use books that are funny and have a great flow.
Isabella , 2022/05/19 12:24
I like to choose books that are more interactive and get the children involved more. Or I like to do a theme and choose all books that are set under the sea, etc. As well as rhyming words really helps to enunciate the words and talk to them about the fun words they hear.
Angela, 2022/05/18 16:11
I like to choose books that I enjoy reading. This may be because of the flow, rhythm, style of writing or the story itself. I try to choose books that have a great story as its base so that it is entertaining as well as 'teaching'.
Sharynn Brigg, 2022/05/05 13:01
Books with repetition where the children can join in. Sounds such as animal noises encourage children to join in. Rhyming books are great fun.
Miriam Fejo, 2022/04/13 16:35
Age appropriate, vibrant pictures and big words.
Joanne Pope, 2022/03/29 15:05
I like to have a theme for my story time sessions. That way we can read the book and then do a small craft activity that ties in with the book. Parents always like to assist their children with activities and I find it another way of messaging.
Sheree Ryan, 2022/03/29 09:55
Picking a book you like, pick a book with rhyme and rhythm
Sabina Ryan, 2022/03/28 10:19
When picking books for a session we try and find books or order books that are in line with our theme, are not to long and will hold the children attention and that is easy to understand and exciting
Sharon, 2022/03/23 15:56
I like books which are fun and the children can participate in - counting, finding objects, etc. and having props which can involve the children.
Leanne, 2022/03/16 09:54
I generally pick books that I know and love, ones with repetitive and rhyming words. Ones that will keep the children engaged
Toni, 2022/03/14 14:35
I like bright fun and simple rhyme or text. Most of our library sessions have children from 0-5 so we have to try and engage the younger and older. Older kindy kids come in handy to "help" read the book by being page turners or holding the book - some even do the reading for us all.
Sally Berry, 2022/03/08 13:26
I choose books that I enjoy reading. I make sure that I have a range of age appropriate stories, with engaging text and illustrations. Rhyming books are fun. I avoid books with heavy issues and morals.
Cassandra VonB, 2022/01/28 12:22
I always chose a book I like, after reading through it or picking a known favourite. I pick one to suit the theme of the session I'm planning.
I like to chose a book with rhyming words, but it's not necessary, as long as the text is simple and easy for the audience to follow and understand.
Susan Cruickshank, 2022/02/17 15:55
I love great illustrators and white space that features these and the short words. Also a big sucker for expressive language - the words that illustrate their meaning . Great idea to ask questions - refocus listening and eyes, to try predicting and imaginative engagement.
Amanda Marten, 2022/01/25 10:41
I haven't really ever chosen a book using the environmental reading option so am now keen to look into this more. I always choose books I like to read and that I think the children will relate to. I love the books that rhyme as they make it a lot of fun for everyone (predictive words that rhyme). I have also been using the stories I recently received with the finger puppets and have been getting the children to use the puppets while I tell the story. They seem to love it. I have also started reading very poplar books (which I used to try to steer away from) the children love to read the story aloud and if you ask them what is going to happen next they are so excited they know, so I pretend I have no idea and they are all over it.
Van, 2022/01/24 12:13
We know what it's like to read an adult book we don't like so don't read one you can't enjoy to children either, it will come through in the session. Predictable, bounce along ones are my favourite.
Sharon Lee, 2022/01/19 10:06
Choosing stories that I enjoy, know well, that use rhyme and repetition to encourage children to participate.
Ciara C , 2022/01/05 14:27
picking a book you can have fun with
Kirsty Wilson, 2021/12/22 09:58
These three elements are a must for me when choosing a book to read at one of my programs.
1. I always pick a book I like
2. The book I choose must allow for both adult and child interaction
3. The words are short but sweet with illustrations play a huge part in telling the story
Otadan Evans , 2021/12/21 14:15
Pick a book you like- Definitely makes me extra enthusiastic about reading it and I know it well enough that I can read it with my eyes closed and who doesn't love a bit of repetition between sessions.
Pick a book that is predictable/Pick a book that allows for interaction- I feel one flows into the other were the kids can predict the book they start reading it along with me which I love.
Corrin Miles , 2021/12/11 13:47
I pick books that I like myself. the children pick up on that.
I like books that are predictable that way the children can get more involved.
Jennifer Tzilves, 2021/12/11 10:09
I always pick a book that I like, that way I enjoy the session which in turn the children enjoy too.
Books that ask for interaction and predictability are great also, to engage the children in the session much more.
Laura Ellul, 2021/12/07 14:49
My favourite type of picture books are BIG books. The bigger they are, the easier anyone can see. This is good for big groups. Younger children also love big books because of their almost humorous size.
When it comes to what is inside the books I look for books that repeat themselves and have fun actions that everyone can do together.
Julie Guteridge, 2021/12/06 15:59
Over the years, when planning what to read, I tend to pick books that have something to do with what is happening in Cloncurry. Rodeos, weather, sports, dance, etc. But also, we get in great new books that we like to include. I love the rhyming books with fantastic illustrators. I like books that the kids can help me with (what is going on in this book - what is on the next page - how is the child or animal feeling).
Next month, we start selecting books to go along with our pre-planned themes for each week (through August). We normally read four books at each session, but they won't all be related to the theme.
Pam, 2021/12/02 12:20
I really like the first one, to only read books you like. It's so hard to read a book when you just don't like it, or understand it.
Bonnie Harrison, 2021/12/02 12:01
My favourite tips were:
- Find words that illustrate their meaning
- Pick a book that allows for interaction
- Pick a book with rhyme and rhythm
- Pick a book with clear and engaging illustrations.

I have found these elements useful in the past, but was not entirely conscious that these were the reasons why I had chosen particular books that proved to be engaging. These tips will be great to keep in mind and use in future.
Cathy Mckenzie, 2021/11/30 15:21
I always pick a story that I like. We have our picture books divided by age for example 0-2, 2-3 and 4-5 years. this makes it easier to choose for a particular story time. I also like the story to have rhythm, I find it easier to read. Humor is great to introduce as well.
Karen Postle, 2021/12/01 14:19
Books with bright illustrations and words you can emphasise eg Shooosh as children can join in with you when you say the word as normally a word like that will be throughout the book. Children love to watch for the word and after a couple of times seeing the word and guiding my finger along it, the children pick up really quickly the word. Babys the hard books are wonderful to introduce bubs to books
Peggy, 2021/11/29 15:40
Knowing your audience is so important when choosing a book. And I definitely agree that by choosing a book I like, the kids will get more out of a session because of how much more invested I am in reading the story. I like a good rhyming story with bright clear pictures for the little ones.
Pamela McGowan, 2021/12/07 11:54
I agree with you Jacqui - it's such a thrill when children can predict the word. Love doing this at home with my son.
Jacqui Hayward, 2021/11/29 14:21
I love it when the words flow, and the kids can even guess the next word sometimes. It must have great pictures to with mild depth but not overpowering. I like to get the kids involved and if the page is to busy it turns into a scavenger hunt which is not what we wanted to achieve. We want the kids to love the book as well so picking one that is engaging is most of the battle.
Robert Morgan, 2021/11/18 14:22
The biggest strategy I use when selecting the books is that I pre-read a couple of pages of each one I consider first, to get a general feel for how well they'll work as a story. We keep all of our picture books (or JEs) in the same section, so sometimes these picture books will be too verbose to work well when reading it to kids - even if the subject matter is perfect for the topic of the session, I've found that kids tend to tune out after "too many" words.

When I have books that are suitable to be read aloud, I tend to lean towards the books where I can be a bit more expressive with my voice, so books that rhyme are a perfect fit - or books with lots of different characters of all shapes and sizes. I've found that the kids tend to stay engaged with the different voices.
Fiona Thackray, 2021/11/17 11:05
I love books with less text and more pictures and can be adapted to create an interactive experience. Children love to be involved and it demonstrate to families how they can 'read' in a different way.
Lisa Paterson, 2021/11/16 15:00
I have a preference for books that have an absurdity to the story. The audience children relax more when they can have a laugh with the story. Also, rhyme and rhythm are a great way to draw the children in as they subconsciously participate in predicting the next episode.
Bronnie Carnell, 2021/11/10 12:33
I like funny stories, and ones with lots of print in colours and different sizes. I make sure that the book is readable in my preperation, as sometimes it doesn't translate as well reading out loud
Sandra Gherardi, 2021/11/09 10:46
I love picking books that are predictable with repetitive and rhyming words . This allows for great interaction with the children
Alan Duncan, 2021/11/02 14:46
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