Reading stories out loud to children:
- Provides them with a model of fluent reading.
- Allows them to consume content above their reading level (since they can listen at a higher level than they can read).
- Shows them the connection between the written word and its meaning.
- Teaches them the narrative structure of a story or book.
- Helps develop a love of stories, books, and reading that can carry on into the rest of their lives.
Although there is no substitute for reading in person to a child, there are still many benefits from using technology to show videos of people reading stories. In addition to many of the perks mentioned above, videos of books can offer a few novel benefits as well (pun intended).
- Often include music or sound effects to help set the mood.
- Often include animations, zooming, and panning to bring the book to life and help follow or focus in on the action.
- Can provide a different take on the reading of the story with the narrator’s voices and inflections.
- Can be watched independently by the child.
- Can be sped up or slowed down, paused, and rewound as needed (see link).
See below for many suggestions of YouTube channels and playlists that provide videos of books being read aloud for children.