Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Printables

Reading comprehension skills are an essential building block for academic success. Whether your child is just beginning to read or is already an advanced reader, we have printable reading comprehension worksheets that can supplement what he is learning in school with folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more.
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All About Witches All About Witches We've brewed up a powerful potion this Halloween to help hone reading and writing skills!
Find the Letter D: Hey Diddle Diddle Find the Letter D: Hey Diddle Diddle Help your child improve his reading with this printable phonics worksheet, which is all about finding the letter D in a nursery rhyme.
Whale Facts Whale Facts Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool whale facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
From 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' to mummies and vampires, October 31st has no shortage of monster mascots. Learn all about these beasts and famously freaky stories with these Halloween comprehension worksheets.
13 Spooky Halloween Comprehension Worksheets From "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to mummies and vampires, October 31st has no shortage of monster mascots.
Captain Stormalong Captain Stormalong Meet the mythical Captain Stormalong, a sturdy sailor who's said to have conquered the high seas.
Madam C.J. Walker Madam C.J. Walker Learn more about this amazing woman, and get some practice finding the main idea in a nonfiction passage, with this Madam C.J.
Piranha Facts Piranha Facts Young readers will love biting into this passage's cool piranha facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
Nonsense Words Nonsense Words Kids love nonsense, in case you haven't already noticed, and this wacky worksheet will work your wonderful wordsmith into a nonsense whirlwind.
Reading: The Wind in the Willows Reading: The Wind in the Willows Embark on an adventure through the woods with the Mole, in this excerpt from Kenneth Grahame's charming book, The Wind in the Willows.
Zheng He Zheng He Young historians will practice writing essays and get a great reading comprehension workout with this worksheet about the famous Chinese explorer Zheng He.
Lobster Facts Lobster Facts Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool lobster facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
Understanding Dialogue: Tom Sawyer Understanding Dialogue: Tom Sawyer Your student can practice reading a unique style of dialogue with this worksheet on "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."
Reading for Comprehension: Jason and the Game Show Reading for Comprehension: Jason and the Game Show Get your third grader in the habit of reading closely with this multi-page story featuring questions on the main character, sequencing, and recalling details.
Shrimp Facts Shrimp Facts Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool shrimp facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
Reading Comprehension: All Gold Canyon Reading Comprehension: All Gold Canyon Young readers will enjoy this passage from Jack London's "All Gold Canyon."
Find the Letter O: Little Boy Blue Find the Letter O: Little Boy Blue Help your child improve his reading with this printable phonics worksheet, which is all about finding the letter O in a nursery rhyme.
Reading comprehension skills are an essential building block for academic success. Whether your child is just beginning to read or is already an advanced reader, we have printable reading comprehension worksheets that can supplement what he is learning in school with folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more.

Improve Reading Comprehension with These Tips

Reading comprehension worksheets are key tools for helping your child understand a book or text. Supplement our reading comprehension worksheets by reading books with your child and doing these simple comprehension exercises:

  • Start with pre-reading engagement. Look at the book cover with your child and make predictions about the subject of the book based on the title and picture. If you're reading "Hansel and Gretel," you might say, "I see that the title of this book is 'Hansel and Gretel.' I also see a boy and a girl on the front cover. I predict that this book will be about Hansel, a boy, and Gretel, a girl." Older children can be prompted to make their own predictions.
  • Ask questions as you read with your child. You can ask your child how you think a character feels based on his picture or words in the text. You might also point out surprising things in the pictures. Kids also love making preditions mid-story; ask your child, "What do you think will happen next?"
  • After you've finished a book, have a short discussion about what you've read. You can ask your child to summarize the story, or tell you his favorite part, or tell you what he thinks will happen to the characters after the book ends.
  • Encourage your child to complete reading comprehension worksheets regularly. There are perfect post-story reading comprehension worksheets, including story maps, 'fan fiction' writing prompts, and comprehension bookmarks. You can also try printing reading comprehension worksheets with stories and exercises together.