Questions to ask when reading with your child

Asking your children questions about what they are reading develops their comprehension skills. It gives you a sense of whether they fully understand what they read.  

You can download a copy of these questions below.


  • How has the author used description to show how the character is feeling?
  • Can you find one work that describes a character in your book very well?
  • What lesson did you learn from the story?
  • Which places in the book are important? Why?
  • Using evidence in the text, what do you think about…
  • Are there any other reasons why this might have happened?
  • If you were the main character, how would you have reacted to that problem?
  • Do you like the way the story ended? Why?
  • Do you agree with the actions of the main character?
  • Where did the story take place?
  • Where in the book would you find…?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • What problems does one of the characters have, how does he or she solve it?
  • How does the book begin?
  • Have you learnt any facts from the book so far?
  • What does the title have to do with the book?
  • What was the author’s purpose in writing this book?
  • Which part do you like best? Why?
  • Whose point of view is the story told?
  • What is happening in the chapter?