Here's a technique that will keep restless children more involved during read-aloud time. Ask children to help you provide sound effects in the appropriate places.
The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
Use your voices and hands to make the bed creak, the floor squeak, the leaves swish, and the tea kettle hiss (to accompany Too Much Noise). Children who actively participate in a reading listen with rapt attention and rarely miss a cue. A great book to introduce sound effects is Crash! Boom! Bang! You and your children can explore a whole encyclopedia of onomatopoeic sounds, or words that imitate natural sounds, like gurgle, chirp, and hiccup. Hold the attention of babies and toddlers by making animal sounds to accompany their storybooks. Don't just say "moo;" drop the register of your voice and low like a cow! When your ten-month-old points to a picture of a dog, do the whole routine: drop down on all fours, sniff your squealing baby's fingers, and playfully growl and bark -- then resume reading. How can your child help but be amazed at the effects books have on you?