Today, three more ee's to help with reading aloud to children.
1. Engagement. Make sure you engage the listener's attention. This might be as simple as making a silly noise (appropriate with the story) before starting to read, or opening with a dramatic flair. Lack of engagement means lack of attention.
2. Empathy. Create empathy between the story characters and the hearers. Occasionally stop and ask a question (have you ever had this happen to you?), without losing the flow of the narrative. The ears will be more attentive if the listeners can identify with the characters.
3. Excellence. Always strive to do the very best job you can in reading aloud. This is how imaginations are fired up. If self-confidence is an issue, practise realing aloud at home in front of a mirror, or with a relative or friend.