This Grab-and-Go script was created by a Reading Specialist as a guide for busy parents and teachers to use when reading picture books to children to make them smart readers. It is intended as a model to show kids how they should be thinking about stories when reading on their own. Included are words to talk about, discussion starters to spark deep thinking, activities, and day trip ideas. There is also a story map attached. Kids grow up fast - let's grab this moment to make them smart readers with the read-aloud of Mingo the Flamingo.