Neil Gaiman Shares 4 Tips For Reading Stories to Kids

By Maryann Yin 

Neil Gaiman & Lorenzo MattottiOver the weekend, writer Neil Gaiman and artist Lorenzo Mattotti appeared together at the New York City independent bookstore McNally Jackson to promote Hansel & Gretel. At the event, Gaiman read an excerpt from the story in front of an audience that included a plethora of both adults and kids.

Gaiman is no stranger to presenting stories to children being both a father and a Newbery Medal winner. During the Q&A session, he offered some guidance for reading stories to young people.

Below, we’ve collected some of his advice. Do you have any further recommendations to add?

Neil Gaiman’s 4 Tips For Reading to Kids

1. “Do the voices.”

2. Incorporate body language.

3. Use physical books so both parents and child can hold it and turn the pages; “let the children chew the edges.”

4. Do this at a regular time everyday.