`Guest readers' give new slants

Read Aloud Tips

August 01, 1999

"The best reader, of course, is you. But `guest readers' can offer some variety for your child. Older brothers and sisters frequently serve as guest readers in families -- and this benefits both them and the younger child. Grandparents are important guest readers for many families, especially if they live in the house or close by. But guest readers need not be relatives. Family friends can be wonderful readers. If you regularly read to your child before bed, why not ask a dinner guest if he'd mind reading for five minutes while you get dessert ready. The results are often delightful -- for your child and your guest. And you'll have plenty to talk about over dessert."

-- Paul Kropp, "Raising a Reader"

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