When an adult reads with a child and there is a discussion and dialogue around the book or text this is known as dialogic reading. It is something that most teachers, teaching assistants, parents and guardians do as a matter of course.

But why is it so important?

The conversations that generate and develop over time as a result of applying the dialogic reading approach are invaluable to readers and their development of enjoying, understanding and making meaningful. Studies have shown that dialogic reading can have a positive approach on children's inferential reading skills. Even pre-schoolers show the benefits of such an approach on vocabulary and responding to inferential questioning. The key is to vary approach to maintain interest. 

What does dialogic reading involve?

Dialogic reading will involve a responsible adult, which could be a parent, teacher, guardian etc. asking questions, clarifying any new vocabulary that arises. This approach improves fluency and then there is also room to introduce the features (components or elements of a story) such as the setting / characters / plot / conflict / resolution / theme / point of view.


Narrative skills

Dialogic reading also develops narrative skills.  When children are able to understand and tell their own stories, re-tell tales and give descriptions of events. These skills encourage children to memorise story structure, make predictions and have a better comprehension of text. There is evidence to suggest that it helps build upon critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills are the ability to analyse, interpret information, inference, explanation. To be able to self regulate, to be open-minded and to problem solve.


Below are some resources for dialogic reading. These are resources for both teachers and parents / guardians. They encourage discussion from new readers to more complex comprehension work. Just click on a photo below to take you to each resource!