Active Reading

Active reading involves reading a book with a child rather than reading a book to a child. Active reading works with children from as young as six months through sixth grade (for younger children you'll want to focus more on the pictures). This research-based approach improves children's language skills, vocabulary, and ability to understand what they read on their own.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library provides Active Reading workshops and Reading Mentor training throughout Mecklenburg County (see dates and times listed below or visit the calendar page). These programs teach adults how to share picture books with a child in a way that gets the child talking and thinking about the pictures, words, and ideas in the book. Adults learn to be active listeners that ask questions, build vocabulary, and connect the story to the child’s world.

Organizations interested in hosting an Active Reading workshop or Reading Mentor training should contact Elyse Berrier at 704-416-0553.





Active Reading is made possible with the additional generous support of:

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Upcoming Preschool Workshops

Reading Mentor Training

Are you interested in supporting a K-3 student's literacy at home or in the community?

Parents, caregivers, or tutors are encouraged to learn how to use the ABCs of Active Reading one-on-one with a child in grades K-3. Participate in a Reading Mentor training to learn how these research-based practices can improve your shared reading experience.

Community organizations and volunteer groups can request this training by contacting Elyse Berrier at 704-416-0553.

Participate in an online version of Reading Mentor training using this self-paced training module. Once you complete the training module, you will receive information on local volunteer opportunities to take this training into the community.

Reading Mentor Training Online Module

Upcoming Reading Mentor Training