Simple read-aloud circle time tip for preschool

I have written several posts about reading aloud to preschoolers and this is a little tip you might like to use for one or more of your read-aloud opportunities…

Whenever possible, I like to collect the characters of popular children’s books like “Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans and “Arthur” by Marc Brown.

When I go to read the story to the children, I bring the little doll or stuffed toy with me and introduce it to the children along with the title of the book, author, and illustrator.

Before starting to read the book, I hand the story book character to a child in the circle. The children are told that each time I turn the page in the book – they are to hand the character off to the person beside them.

If I don’t have the specific character, then I select other stuffed animals or even toys for the children to pass around. For example, if the book is about a car – we just pass around a toy car!

For preschoolers that need that little extra help to sit in a circle time and listen to the book, this sometimes is just enough encouragement to do so. The preschoolers really like getting their turn to hold the character.

Here is another Read-Aloud Tip that I recently wrote!

By |2010-09-08T06:00:13+00:00September 8th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Pam September 8, 2010 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I love it when I have a character to go along with a book! The kids are always so excited…kind of brings it to life! (Kohl’s and Borders Bookstore are the two places I have found the most characters to go along with books)…our favorite is Elmer the Elephant…although I think I may have to go find Max and the wild things now! 🙂

  2. Miller Moments September 8, 2010 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Wonderful idea!

  3. Cathy @ NurtureStore September 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Such a simple idea but it can transform story time. And I love your Wild Things!

  4. Mel @BrainBabyUK September 9, 2010 at 3:46 am - Reply

    I recently discovered your blog and now I can’t stop coming back! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas and with all the pictures too. So cute and good educational methods too.

  5. Tami September 13, 2010 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    A great way to transform book time. It will help with keeping the intrest of the children while your reading a book. Next time I’m at Kohls I’ll be collecting those props.

  6. Leslie September 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I did this for the first time with my Pre-K class; since it was the first time we did a little pre-teaching before we started–but it was a lot of fun! Definitely a a keeper!

    New website with active/hands on learning ideas for young children

    • Deborah J. Stewart September 17, 2010 at 1:02 am - Reply

      That’s awesome – I love it when others try out ideas! I am glad it is a keeper!

Leave A Comment

This site uses 'cookies' to give you the best, most relevant experience. Using the website means you're OK with this. Ok