The Wonders of Shared Book Reading Research has indicated that interactive shared book reading can support a wide range of early language skills and that children who read regularly in the early years learn language faster, enter school with a larger vocabulary and become more successful readers. 

Speech Pathologist Hannah’s Top Tip 

To enhance shared book reading, the ‘4 comments, 1 question’ strategy can be implemented. When reading with the child, make 4 comments on each page. For instance: ‘The bird is flying’ or ‘The bear is brown’. Follow this with 1 question. For instance: ‘What colour is the bear?’. This strategy exposes children to a greater amount of vocabulary and further develops comprehension abilities.