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 containing folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more. For more reading resources, check out our full collection of reading worksheets .
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What Doesn't Belong What Doesn't Belong What doesn't belong in these fairy tales? Have some fun practicing reading comprehension with your preschooler.
Story Map: Jeremy Fisher Story Map: Jeremy Fisher Enlist the famous Beatrix Potter in helping your child develop solid reading strategies.
Prefixes: Get It Started! Prefixes: Get It Started! If Kyle has on one red sock and one blue sock, are his socks rematched, prematched, or mismatched?
Beethoven Biography Beethoven Biography Learn about one of the most famous composers (and one of the first musicians to be known by only one name), Ludwig van Beethoven, in this biography that details his life.
The Flying Dutchman The Flying Dutchman Learn about the legendary Flying Dutchman, a "ghost ship" said to warn sailors of trouble ahead, and get some practice comparing descriptions of the same topic.
Tall Tales for Kids Tall Tales for Kids Who is your favorite larger-than-life character?
American Tall Tales American Tall Tales Review some of the classic American tall tales with this character map!
Tasmanian Devil Facts Tasmanian Devil Facts Get all the Tasmanian devil facts on this worksheet, from what they eat to how they got their name.
What is a Tall Tale? What is a Tall Tale? Get to know some of the most famous larger-than-life characters from our traditional oral folklore with this tall tales worksheet!
Story Comprehension: Create a Story Map Story Comprehension: Create a Story Map Boost your first grader's reading comprehension by using a story map to outline a story visually.
Facts About Capybara Facts About Capybara Read about how the capybara live and other interesting facts about capybara.
Facts About Geckos Facts About Geckos Get some cool facts about geckos on our reading and writing worksheet!
Blackbeard For Kids Blackbeard For Kids Here's a trio of printables about Captain Blackbeard for kids who could use some exciting reading.
Captain Kidd Captain Kidd This quick story of Captain Kidd brings pirates and reading on an adventure for your kids!
Facts About Squid Facts About Squid Pick up some facts about squid, including fascinating ones about the Giant Squid, and do a bit of writing on this reading comprehension worksheet.
Paul Revere's Ride Paul Revere's Ride Any kid studying the American Revolution will likely have to memorize this famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!
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 containing folktales, modern stories, nonfiction, and more. For more reading resources, check out our full collection of reading worksheets .

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.