Reading Together for Parent and Child

Read a Book.  Ask a Question.  Start a Conversation.

“Conversational Reading” is the theme for our new parent-child reading together initiative based
on ideas and methods developed by Diane Frankenstine. Conversational Reading is about finding
meaning in a story by asking questions and talking about the stories children are reading. 

Families with children in Kindergarten through 4th grade can learn skills to create thought provoking conversations about books they read together with their children. ¬†Parents can learn how to help their children express themselves and their reactions to literature. Questions that require speculation, pondering and prediction enhance children’s understanding of the story and their ability to relate their own experiences. ¬†

No additional workshops are currently scheduled at this time, but parents can learn how to implement "Conversational Reading" by borrowing a" Reading Together Kit"  to use at home.

Contact: Children's Services 203-438-2282 x 11024

Reading Together Family Kits

Reading Together Family Kits can be found in the Lodewick Children's Library and may be checked out for a three week loan period.  Please ask at the Children's Services Desk.

Family Kits Kindergarten - Grade 2

  • The Storm, by Cynthia Rylant
  • Ruby the Copy Cat, by Peggy Rathman
  • When Sophie Gets Angry, by Molly Bang
  • Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
  • Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson

Family Kits Grades 3 and 4

  • The Search for Delicious, by Natalie Babbitt
  • Jake Drake, Know-It-All, by Andrew Clements
  • The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman
  • Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

All kits include a copy of Diane Frankenstein's Reading Together

Diane FrankensteinDiane Frankenstein holds a master's degree in Children's Literature and Language Arts.  She has worked since 1989 in the field of Strategic Literacy, specializing in early childhood education and literacy training for all ages and commmunities.  She provides tools, resources and knowledge to help children acquire strong fluency and comprehension skills.  She is an advocate for the Conversational Reading method.


This program was made possible by a grant from literacy advocate Andrew Eder in cooperation with The Connecticut State Library.





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