120 Questions to Ask Kids About Books

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or simply a book lover, asking kids thought-provoking questions about the books they read can be a game-changer in their literary journey. It not only deepens their comprehension but also sparks their critical thinking and creativity.

Jump into an interactive and eye-opening dialogue with the young readers in your life with these specifically crafted questions that will push the boundaries of their imaginations and encourage them to connect with the stories on a personal level. Let’s dive right in!

Book Comprehension and Recall

  1. What is the title of the book?
  2. Can you name the main characters?
  3. What is the setting of the story?
  4. What was the problem in the book?
  5. How was the problem solved?
  6. Can you tell me the beginning, middle, and end of the story?
  7. What happened first in the book?
  8. What was the most exciting part of the book?
  9. Were there any parts you didn’t understand?
  10. Can you retell your favorite scene?
  11. Who was the character that changed the most?
  12. What do you think could happen next if the story continued?
  13. Did the title fit the story? Why or why not?
  14. What kind of person is the protagonist?
  15. What was the climax of the book?
  16. What kind of mood did the author create in the story?
  17. Was there a lesson the characters learned?
  18. How did the main character feel at the end of the book?
  19. Can you remember a funny part of the book?
  20. Was there a character you would want to be friends with?

Personal Insights and Reflections

  1. How did you feel after reading the book?
  2. Which character did you relate to the most?
  3. Have you ever felt the same way as a character in the story?
  4. What is your opinion on the way the story ended?
  5. What would you have done differently if you were the protagonist?
  6. Has the story changed the way you think about anything?
  7. What theme or message did you take away from the story?
  8. Do you agree with the decisions the main character made?
  9. Which part of the book was most meaningful to you?
  10. What would you say to the author if you had the chance?
  11. How do you think the character’s experiences relate to your own life?
  12. If you could change one thing in the book, what would it be?
  13. Do you think the story was fair to all characters? Why or why not?
  14. What did this book teach you?
  15. If you could ask a character a question, what would you ask?
  16. How have your thoughts on the book changed since you’ve finished it?
  17. If the book had a sequel, what do you think it would be about?
  18. Did the characters remind you of anyone you know?
  19. Can you think of a song or movie that relates to the book?
  20. How would you describe the book to someone else?

Imagination and Creative Thinking

  1. If you could be any character in the book for a day, who would you be and why?
  2. If you had to create a new cover for the book, what would it look like?
  3. Can you think of a different ending for the story?
  4. What do you think the world of the book would be like in the future?
  5. If you could add a character to the book, what kind of character would it be?
  6. How would the story change if it happened in your hometown?
  7. Can you draw a scene from the book and explain it?
  8. If you wrote the next chapter of the book, what would happen?
  9. What do you imagine the main character’s life was like before the story began?
  10. How would you feel if you lived in the setting of the book?
  11. Can you invent a short story about a secondary character from the book?
  12. If the protagonist had a different personality, how would the story change?
  13. Can you create a new adventure based on the book?
  14. What kind of gadget or tool would you invent for the hero of the story?
  15. How would the story be different if the antagonist told it?
  16. If you could give the characters modern technology, what would they use and how?
  17. Can you compose a poem about your favorite part of the book?
  18. What magical powers would you give to the main character?
  19. If you could teleport into the book’s world, where would you go first?
  20. How would the story be different if it was set in a different era?

Vocabulary Enrichment

  1. What new words did you learn from this book?
  2. Can you find a word in the book you’re unsure about and use context clues to define it?
  3. What is your favorite word from the story and why?
  4. How would you use one of the new words in your own sentence?
  5. Can you list any descriptive words that the author used for the setting?
  6. What word best describes the main character, and why?
  7. Are there any words that you found particularly interesting or unusual?
  8. Do you know a synonym for one of the important words from the book?
  9. How does the author’s language create a mood in the story?
  10. Can you identify any words that rhyme from the book?
  11. Could you explain a difficult word from the book to a younger child?
  12. What word from the book would you teach to a friend?
  13. What are three adjectives used in the book that you like?
  14. Can you identify any idioms or sayings in the book?
  15. What word captured the feeling of the book the best for you?
  16. Can you create a word search using words from the book?
  17. Did you come across a word that changed meaning depending on the context?
  18. What’s a powerful verb the author used to describe an action in the story?
  19. How did the author use dialogue to show character traits?
  20. Pick five new words from the book and draw a picture for each to show its meaning.

World Building and Setting Exploration

  1. Can you describe the place where the story happens?
  2. How is the setting important to the story?
  3. If the book’s setting was different, how would the story change?
  4. What do you think daily life looks like in the world of the book?
  5. How does the author make the setting seem real?
  6. What time period do you think the story is set in?
  7. Would you want to visit the book’s setting? Why or why not?
  8. How does the weather in the book affect the story?
  9. Can you draw a map based on the setting described in the book?
  10. Were there any places mentioned in the book that you’d like to learn more about?
  11. How do the characters in the book react to their environment?
  12. Does the setting remind you of any place you’ve been to?
  13. How would the characters’ lives be different if the story took place in a city/the countryside?
  14. Were there any rules in the book’s world that were different from our world?
  15. How does the time of day affect what happens in the story?
  16. Did the setting make you feel excited, scared, happy, or sad?
  17. Can you compare the book’s setting to another book’s setting?
  18. If you could add something to the setting to make it more interesting, what would you add?
  19. What kind of plants or animals live in the book’s setting?
  20. Do the buildings or homes in the book resemble those in your neighborhood? Why or why not?

Predictive and Critical Thinking

  1. What do you think will happen to the characters after the book ends?
  2. Can you predict a problem that might occur if there was a sequel?
  3. What clues in the book helped you predict what would happen next?
  4. If you were in charge of the characters, what advice would you give them for the future?
  5. Do you think the story could happen in real life? Why or why not?
  6. How might the story change if it was told from a different point of view?
  7. What do you think the author’s purpose in writing this book was?
  8. Can you think of a different solution to a problem in the book?
  9. How did the characters’ actions lead to the ending of the story?
  10. Do you think the characters learned from their mistakes?
  11. What would you like to research more based on the book’s theme?
  12. How might the story be different with today’s technology?
  13. What lessons can we learn from the antagonist’s journey?
  14. Can you find any patterns or symbols that are repeated in the story?
  15. If you had to argue for or against a character’s actions, what points would you make?
  16. How would the story be different if it took a twist and became a different genre (like sci-fi or mystery)?
  17. Can you think of an alternative motive for a character’s actions?
  18. If you could interview any character, what tough questions would you ask?
  19. How do the actions of the characters influence each other throughout the book?
  20. Do you think the story was predictable, or did it surprise you?

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help my child with book comprehension?

Helping your child improve book comprehension can be achieved by:

  • Encouraging them to reflect on the content and ask questions about characters and plot.
  • Discuss new vocabulary and connect it to their existing knowledge.
  • Ask open-ended questions that require them to think critically and inferentially about the reading material.

Why is it important to talk to kids about the books they read?

Talking to kids about the books they read is crucial because:

  • It reinforces comprehension: Discussing a book helps solidify memory and understanding of the content.
  • It boosts critical thinking: Analysis and synthesis of information are crucial to developing thinking skills.
  • It encourages expression: Kids learn to articulate their thoughts and opinions, which is vital for emotional and intellectual development.

How can you make book discussions fun for kids?

To make book discussions fun:

  • Use creative prompts that require imaginative and playful responses.
  • Allow them to express their ideas through drawings or storytelling.
  • Offer a variety of questions so each child can engage with the aspect of the book they enjoyed most.

How can I create a comfortable environment for book discussions with my child?

To create a comfortable environment:

  • Choose a relaxed and quiet space.
  • Make it a regular part of your routine, so it becomes a habit.
  • Listen without interruption and respond positively to their ideas to encourage further sharing.

Final Thoughts

Navigating the world of storytelling with children can be both enlightening and magical. With the right questions, we can guide them not only to recall the details of a book but also to express their own thoughts, draw connections, and unlock their creativity.

These discussions are stepping stones to nurturing a lifelong love for reading and a curiosity for the world captured within the pages. So, the next time your young reader turns the last page, let these questions lead the way to an even greater adventure in reading.

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Robby is a multimedia editor at Enlightio with a journalism and communications background. When she's not working, Robby transforms into an introverted art lover who indulges in her love for sports, learning new things, and sipping her favorite soda. She also enjoys unwinding with feel-good movies, books, and video games. She's also a proud pet parent to her beloved dog, Dustin.