Active reading, also known as interactive or dialogic reading, is reading in a way that makes your child an active participant. In other words, it's reading with, rather than to, your child. Instead of simply reading aloud from beginning to end, active reading allows the book to become a tool or prompt for you to have a two-way conversation with your child. Active reading involves not only following the text, but also looking at and talking about the pictures, asking questions, explaining new words, and discussing the story. This more interactive style of reading helps children expand their vocabulary, greatly improves their comprehension and encourages them to think analytically from an early age.