The presentation of a reading is much more than the presentation of a story; it is an activity that can become a defining experience for children in their futures as readers, and can spark a love for reading.
To carry it out the only indispensable quality is that the stories be of interest to the public. In any case however, it is convenient to apply certain rules that contribute to improving and enriching the experience and its results.
- Select the reading material according to the age of the audience, their likes and their interests; variety is also recommended, both in subject and typology. The selection can also be made around a pivotal factor such as an author, a theme, the same story told in different ways…
- Read the selected piece attentively and research it: identifiers, the biography of the author and/or illustrator, another of his works…It is important to know the work in depth.
- Think out your strategy beforehand (the support of the book, projection of images, music) and the recommended duration; a large group or an activity that takes too long can go wrong. You must never forget to include a game component, everything will seem more appealing and suggestive to a child, and his interest and participation will be greater.
- Choose the right time and place, with a pleasant temperature and enabling of participation.
The presentation can be complimented by other activities. Below are some suggestions for different age groups:
For the youngest:
- Each sheep with its partner: after the reading the children are invited to pair up the characters with their stories, aided by picture cards.
- Put the story in order: participants are invited to build a story with images from different scenes of the reading.
For first time readers:
- Who are we talking about? Involve the children in the selection of the story. A volunteer chooses a book in secret; the rest will have to discover which one through the Questions and Answers, Yes/No game.
- Give the story a title: hide the book you are presenting; at the end ask the participants what title they would give the book, then reveal the original.
When they know how to read:
- What next? Ask the children to imagine and share an ending to the story. At the end, remind them to check the real story to learn the true ending.
- The fragmented book: present various works and various extracted fragments; then give out cards containing the fragments and play at discovering which work they belong to.