Discuss Every Story with Printable Conversation Cards

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Turn story time into a family book club!

Make time to reflect on what you read. Doing Good Together's printable conversation cards will help get you started.

Listen carefully to your child’s responses, and allow the conversation to evolve naturally. Some days, this may lead to a super-silly “what if” conversation. Other days, you may find yourself answering big questions about hunger or hurt or loneliness. 

We've also included blank cards in the PDF, in case you'd like to create your own cards to discuss a specific title.

Make it a habit to ask a question or two after every story time. Follow your child’s lead and encourage them to think deeply - at every age - about the world in your story. A beautiful thing will happen. You’ll find almost any book will start a big-hearted conversation. And almost every story time will strengthen your child’s empathy muscles.
— Sarah Aadland - Director of the Big-Hearted Families Program by Doing Good Together™

Conversation Starters

  • Did you enjoy this book? Why or why not?

  • What challenge was the main character facing? How would you have reacted in that situation?

  • How did the main character(s) feel at key moments throughout the book? How would you have felt at that moment?

  • What do you think about how the main character faced the main conflict? What else could he or she have done?

  • Imagine how this story might be different if it were set in a different culture or time?

  • Do you know anyone in real life who reminds you of a character in this story? Who and in what way?

  • What would you change about this story if you were the author? Let's take a moment to imagine that story. 

  • Does this story remind you of any other stories you've read? How are they the same? Which story did you enjoy more? Why?

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