"bookworm" = someone who loves to read

"My daughter is a bookworm, and she reads at least two hours a day."

"turn out" = result or end

"I read book, but the ending didn't turn out as I expected."

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Children's Books: Reading Time

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

What kinds of books do children like to read? Where can you find cheap or discount books? Do you buy books at a bookstore or at an online bookstore?

HELPFUL TIP : Reading with your kids 20 minutes a day is a great way to help them get excited about books. Also, taking kids to a local library will expose them to great literature and will give them have a great start on their reading skills.


2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button and answer the questions.

1. What is the father reading at the beginning of the conversation?
A. a novel
B. a magazine
C. a newspaper

2. What kind of book does the girl want to read?
A. a book about animals
B. a book on dolls
C. a book about candy and cookies

3. What does the girl's teacher say about reading?
A. The girl can check out books from the library.
B. The girl should read books everyday.
C. The girl ought to read at least ten books a night.

4. What is one thing the girl wants to eat while they are reading?
A. cookies
B. ice cream
C. bananas

5. About what time of day is it in the conversation?
A. the late morning
B. the early afternoon
C. in the evening


1. a newspaper
2. a book about animals
3. The girl should read books everyday.
4. cookies
5. in the evening


Girl: Dad, will you read to me?

Dad: Uh, let me finish the newspaper first?

Girl: You've been saying that forever!

Dad: Well, how about reading the business section of the newspaper together?

Girl: That's boring. Let's read this book. It's about a bear and cat that becomes friends. [Okay] And these books too.

DadWhoa. I thought you said one book. There must be ten here.

Girl: My teacher, Mrs. Green, says you have to read to me every night, and the newspaper doesn't count. And let's eat some popcorn and cookies while we're reading

Dad: Well, it's bedtime right now. So, okay, here we go. Once upon a time in a deep, dark forest, lived a brown bear . . .

3. Post-Listening Exercises

What are the benefits of reading to children, either in their native or second language? What types of material are best for learners of different ages to understand the content they are reading? How can students learn to read without the help of a dictionary?

4. Online Investigations

Reading is a popular activity. Now, many devices such as Amazon Kindle and the iPad make reading even easier. Compare these two electronic readers. How much do they cost? What are the advantages of these readers over a paperback book? Share your ideas.

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