Big Brothers Don't Take Naps

Tips for "Big Brothers Don't Take Naps"

As You Read:

Help your child make predictions about the story as you go along. For example, ask what Nicholas will see James do next or what the "special secret" is that they are looking forward to in June. If your child is a sibling, talk about that relationship and how s/he learns from their sibling. Keep the communication open as you work through the story and encourage your child to make observations.


Extending the Story:

Nicholas wants to be able to do everything his older brother, James, does. To work off of that, you can play a fun game of Simon Says! Here are some great tips that can help you play Simon Says with a literacy twist. There is also a recommendation that you can play Follow the Leader if Simon Says proves to be hard to play with your child.

If your child is an new older sibling or you have a new child on the way, check out our Future Big Brother or Big Sister learning guide. And even if your child is isn't a big sibling, you can find other books with this theme. 


Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...