With my year 1 class this academic year, I’ve just worked on building up their stamina to start! Since the pandemic, year 1s just need as much time as possible to learn how to BE in the classroom, so sharing a story during circle time has been something I’ve had to build up to definitely.
I keep the stories short and engaging (always looking for recommendations!), and try and keep the event of reading as interactive as possible- asking questions about the characters feelings, appearance, actions etc. I try and choose stories with a focus on emotions and empathy where possible.