The books of choice at bed time in my 3 year olds room are all Curious George books at the moment. He’s crazy for George.
Needless to say that the 6 Curious George books that we have are getting read again and again – I pretty much know them off by heart…. to the point that I’ve started taking less notice of the story itself and more notice of HOW its been written.
There’s one thing about Curious George Books (or at least the ones we have) that I’ve noticed that really makes them more engaging than some of the other kids books my boy reads.
Do you know what it is?
It’s something that draws my boy further and further into the book.
Any ideas what it could be?
It’s a technique that actually causes my little guy to ask me to turn the page – something that gets him thinking about what is coming next – something causes him to be curious – just like George.
What do you think it is?
This technique is not only a page turner – its something that draws my boy from being a passive listener/reader of the book – but actually gets him interacting with the book – talking about it as I’m reading.
Have you guessed what it is?
The technique is simple – on every second page there’s a question.
It’s not a question that needs an answer – but it’s a question that engages the person reading the book and draws them deeper into the story.
They are questions about what will happen next, questions about what the reader thinks or knows, leading questions that draw readers to keep reading but also to become engaged.
It’s a technique that is powerful not only in children’s books – but in all kinds of writing. Perhaps it’s something worth experimenting with in your next blog post.
If you do – I’d love to hear how it goes.