Pick a book that you like yourself
A good reading session is defined by your enthusiasm and ability to immerse yourself in the story. This is easier to do when you ‘re really into it yourself. By the way it’s ok to do silly voices, but it’s not a requirement as long as you put your heart and soul into it.
Avoid too much difficult words
Make sure the text you want to read aloud isn’t filled with complex or new words. A few new words are fine of course, as children will often deduce their meaning from the context. Too much elaborate descriptions can also become annoying.
Select an age-appropriate book
Two-year-olds will mainly focus on images. When they grow older they will start to notice relations between one image and another and the story they are telling. It is only when your kid reaches the age of 5 they will gradually learn to enjoy text stories with clear patterns like rhyme and repetitive phrases.
Fun and a good pace
A good book for reading aloud doesn’t need to be filled with action. The excitement could as well come from what’s going on inside the character’s head.
For inspiration about book titles we strongly suggest What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child–and All the Best Times to Read Them by Pam Allyn. A great resource for parents and teachers alike. It’s like having a personal shopper at hand.