Reading together is a powerful experience for all, whether it's at home, at the library, in a waiting room, on the bus, or in the park. Here we have resources for having your own family read-aloud times and for building family story time events in your community. Refer to our Book Lists page for a variety of materials for your reading times.
Tools for Read-Alouds and Story Time events in your community
Join NYU students and faculty from the Department of Teaching & Learning for Bilingual Family Story Times (Mandarin-English and Spanish-English) at the Constantine Georgiou Library!
Watch our Bilingual
Family Story Time in action!
During our story time, we first read “Red is a Dragon.” We used pictures of the colors to talk about colors in Chinese (“RED in Chinese is 红色。”) We then read “小年兽” with actions. We said “Show me a Nian” and did a monster action! We read the story with dramatic gestures and facial expressions.
At the end, we read “The Squiggle”. We read it mainly in English with a few simplified Chinese sentences, all starting with the word “look” (“看！一条大龙”) . We asked the children to say back the onomatopoeia (“Snap, tah-dah”). Between each story, we sang interactive songs in both English and Chinese with hand motions and movements to help keep young minds and bodies engaged and happy.
A special bilingual bookmark for all our Story Time families