One of the best activities to add to your daily routine is reading to your child, even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Regular and consistent reading at home directly impacts a child’s success at school, but finding time to consistently read at home isn’t always easy.
Reading may not come easily to your child or may not keep their attention. Because every child learns differently, at-home reading may require you to think outside of the box to get your child interested. What’s important is finding a way to make your child feel successful and confident when it comes to reading. Finding out what works for you and your child will require some trial and error. To help you, we’ve put together a list of our favorite reading tips:
Read out loud with your child.
Read a book with the whole family.
Be consistent. Make reading part of your everyday routine.
Don’t make reading a chore. It can be quick, just make sure you are dedicating time to read with your child.
Make reading exciting! Read with expression, emotion, and flare! This can help your child understand the story better. This is also a good model of fluent reading.
Help your child make connections with real life. Take time to stop and look and talk about the pictures. Try guessing what will come next in the story.
Take turns telling stories or making up your own stories.
Creating a connection with your child, through language, will be extremely beneficial. Find what works best for you and your child and integrate it into your schedule.
What’s your child’s favorite book? What’s your favorite book?
Check out some of our recommendations!
Our favorite books for babies...
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Little Miss Austen: Pride and Prejudice a Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Our favorite books for toddlers...
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Our favorite books for preschoolers...
Mixed: A Colorful Story by Aree Chung
This Little Trailblazer by Joan Holub
Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter
Our favorite books for kindergarteners...
Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora
A Busy Creature’s Day Eating by Mo Willems
Our favorite books for first graders...
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale
Drawn Together by Minh Le
Our favorite books for second graders...
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! by Ben Clanton
A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Our favorite books for third graders...
Secret Files #1: The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Dino Riders: How to Tame a Triceratops by Will Dare
Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Our favorite books for fourth graders...
I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis
Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian by Jonathan Messinger
Our favorite books for fifth graders...
The Lifters by Dave Eggers
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Our favorite books for sixth graders...
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Five Worlds by Mark Siegel
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Our favorite books for seventh graders...
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Our favorite books for eighth graders...
An Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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