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Questions to ask your reader

Questions to Support Your Child's Understanding and Engagement



  • What has happened in the story so far?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Is the plot fast or slow moving?
  • Find some evidence in the text, which supports your view.
  • If the author had included another paragraph before the story started what do you think it would say?



  • Who is your favourite character?
  • Why?
  • Who is the character you like least?
  • Why?
  • Do you think the author intended you to like / dislike this character?
  • How do you know?
  • Does your opinion of this character change during the story?
  • How?
  • Why?
  • Find two things the author wrote about this character that made him / her likeable?
  • If you met one of the characters from the story, what would you say to him / her?


Reader's Opinion

  • Which part of the story is your favourite / least favourite?
  • Why?
  • Would you change any part of the story?
  • How?
  • Would you change any of the characters?
  • How?
  • Which part of the story was the funniest/scariest/ saddest/ happiest?
  • Find some evidence in the text to support your opinion.
  • Did this book make you laugh?
  • Can you explain what was funny and why?



  • What is the purpose of this book?
  • How do you know?



  • Why is this page laid out in this way?
  • Could you improve it?
  • Pick three favourite words or phrases from this chapter.
  • Can you explain why you chose them?



  • Find two sentences which describe the setting.

Author and Genre

  • Have you read anything else by this author?
  • Is anything similar?
  • Does this book remind you of anything else?
  • How?
  • When do you think this book was written?
  • How do you know?
  • Does it matter?
  • What would it be like if it was written now?
  • Do you think the title of the book is appropriate?
  • What would you have called it?
  • What is the genre of the book: sci-fi, mystery, historical, fantasy, adventure, horror, comedy? What are the features that make you think this?
  • Would you like to read another book by this author?
  • Why/ why not?
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