Read across America : What our parents are reading in preschool

There is nothing better than when a parent comes to preschool and reads their child’s favorite story to the class. In honor of Read Across America day, I want to share a little bit about our parent visitors and some of the terrific books they have been reading to the children…

When a parent comes to read in preschool and what our parents are reading to us by Teach Preschool

 The experience of having a parent come to read to the children is like none other. For the children, it is a very special time and a very, very big deal.  During the parent reading time, we try to keep things as laid back as possible so that the parent and child can relax, sit together, and enjoy the experience of reading to the other children just like they might do at home…

When a parent comes to read in preschool and what our parents are reading to us by Teach Preschool

Of course, reading to a large group of children is a little different than reading one-on-one with a child but each of our parents have been able to make their own adjustments. If a little assistance is needed, Mrs. Courtney and I are there to lend a hand but our students have been so excited to have the parents come and read that we haven’t had to do much of anything but enjoy the experience too…

When a parent comes to read in preschool and what our parents are reading to us by Teach Preschool

Each of our parents have their own style of reading aloud to the children which is part of what I love about this process. It is because each parent has his or her own style of reading that I think it is important for the parent and child to choose a book from home to read to the class. By bringing a favorite children’s book from home that the parent (and child) finds meaningful or fun or interesting, they will feel more comfortable and relaxed when reading that same book to the entire class…

When a parent comes to read in preschool and what our parents are reading to us by Teach Preschool

I can’t express to you enough how amazing it has been to have our parents come and read to the children. While the parents are reading, I love to listen to the story too but mostly, I enjoy observing the interactions between the parents and their children and how proud and excited the children are to sit and read with their parents…

When a parent comes to read in preschool and what our parents are reading to us by Teach Preschool

I don’t think you can get any higher recommendation for a reading list than those chosen by both a parent and child. Below is our most recent reading list for children ages 3 to 5. Oh and while these photos happen to only show moms reading to us, we also have dads come and read to us too. 

When a parent comes to read in preschool and what our parents are reading to us by Teach Preschool

Parent Picks…

Here are some of the books our parents and children have read to us this year. We will continue to have more parents reading to us over the next several week and I look forward to the favorite books they have to share!

“Never Too Little To Love

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“We Are in a Book!”

“I Love You Stinky Face”

“My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?” 

“Fish Out of Water”

“Barney’s Favorite Mother Goose Rhymes, Volume I”

The Line Up Book”

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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. Doreen March 1, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I love this!! I had a mom read to our class just yesterday, because I was called out right as story time was beginning. I had the privilege of coming back and listening to this mom reading. It was so nice to be able to do that. I would like to do it on a regular basis. Do you have any criteria for the books the moms bring in, such as length or topic?

    • Courtney Floyd March 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      We usually just ask that the parents bring in one of their children’s favorite books to read. We have also let the children pick a book that we have in the classroom.

  2. Jessica @ Play Trains! March 2, 2013 at 4:27 am - Reply

    I love that the kids help pick the book, and help the parent read it. Wonderful! I really enjoy reading to other kids at my son’s preschool. It’s fun to get a different audience, seeing how they respond in different or in similar ways to how your own child reacts to your reading style and the content in the books.

  3. Kathy L March 2, 2013 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I started having Mystery Readers in my classroom. I think I saw the idea on Fairy Dust Teaching. Parents and other family members let me know when they can come but their child does not know they are going to do it. I make a huge deal about us having a Mystery Reader coming and the children get so excited. In addition to parents we have had grandparents and even older siblings(who are SO proud that they can read to the class).

  4. Renee King March 4, 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, what great choices in books to read to children’s classes. My favorite is I love You Stinky Face. I also loved it when I nannied for a family getting to go into class to read stories to their class it was so fun. Thanks for sharing

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