I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What kinds of books do children like to read? Where can you find cheap or discount books? Do you buy books at a bookstore or at an online bookstore?

HELPFUL TIP: Reading with your kids 20 minutes a day is a great way to help them get excited about books. Also, taking kids to a local library will expose them to great literature and will give them have a great start on their reading skills.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What is the father reading at the beginning of the conversation?

A. a novel

B. a magazine

C. a newspaper
2. What kind of book does the girl want to read?

A. a book about animals

B. a book on dolls

C. a book about candy and cookies

3. What does the girl’s teacher say about reading?

A. The girl can check out books from the library.

B. The girl should read books everyday.

C. The girl ought to read at least ten books a night.

4. What is one thing the girl want to eat while they are reading?

A. cookies

B. ice cream

C. bananas
5. About what time of day is it in the conversation?

A. the late morning

B. the early afternoon

C. in the evening

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Correct answers:

Girl: Dad, will you read to me?
Dad: Uh, let me finish the newspaper first?

Girl: You’ve been saying that forever!

Dad: Well, how about reading the business section of the newspaper together?

Girl: That’s boring. Let’s read this book. It’s about a bear and cat that becomes friends. [Okay] And these books too.

Dad: Whoa. I thought you said one book. There must be ten here.

Girl: My teacher, Mrs. Green, says you have to read to me every night, and the newspaper doesn’t count. And let’s eat some popcorn and cookies while we’re reading

Dad: Well, it’s bedtime right now. So, okay, here we go. Once upon a time in a deep, dark forest, lived a brown bear . . .

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • section (noun): a separate part of a book or newspaper
    – Be sure to read this section of the book carefully. It will help you understand the story better.
  • boring (adjective): not interesting
    – Many advertisers use almost any means to persuade customers to buy their products.
  • whoa: used to show surprise
    Whoa! You can read really well. That’s great!
  • count (verb): be included, allowed, or accepted
    – You are supposed to read 300 pages before the end of the school year, but remember that comic books don’t count. You have to read story books.
  • bedtime (noun): the time when you normally go to bed
    – I often read a book or watch TV before bedtime.