I'm taking a masters class called "Advanced Children's Literature". My professors says when you are reading picture books to your class, you are supposed to hold the book facing you, making eye contact with the students while you read. She said do NOT show the pictures, because the pause in between the pages and the kids shouting out, "I can't see!!!" looses comprehension. I understand that she does make a point. But I can't NOT show the pictures! In most books the pictures support what's going on in the story and using the pictures helps the students to understand the vocabulary. She says that you need to reread the books, picture books should never be read just once, and you can show the pictures during the reread. Or, you can put the book out for the students and they will be very eager to look at the book to see the pictures. I do this when I'm teaching my unit on Visualization. I read the book without showing the pictures and we talk about our mental images, then another day or afterwards we reread the book. I do reread books when I am using them to teach comprehension, but not every book. I am just wondering how to do you read picture books to your students? I notice I hold up the book as I read aloud, and then I move it across so the students can see, and as I'm moving the book I am usually discussing the pictures or thinking aloud - to hold the meaning for them. She says not to hold the book up as you are reading because the back of your head is facing half the class and they can't see anyway. I try to flip sides occasionally so all can see.