Niclole, Do you read the text before you read it to the children?
You could try acting out the parts, changing voices for different characters. Point out things on the page and ask the children what it is or what it does or what color it is.
I teach middle school but have young grandchildren. I ask them what they think will happen. What they think the pictures mean.
I also try tomake them guess at what the next page means by looking at it closely before reading it.
Try to make the students different characters in the book.
Hoe this helps