Gone are the days when we thought of elementary school as the place where kids learn to read. While they may perfect the skill there, the groundwork is laid in the years before school. This is the basic idea of family literacy. What we do at home, in those formative years, creates the framework for our children’s future reading success.
As we learn more and more about the reading habit, we’re also discovering that it’s never too early to start. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests reading to infants. And there’s no need to stop when kids can read on their own. Jim Trelease, author of the Read Aloud Handbook, suggests a whole range of reasons why you should keep the read-aloud habit going into middle school. So check out some of these read-aloud superstars for all ages!
Great books to read to your child in the early years:
- Carl’s Masquerade by Alexandra Day
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.
- Curious George by Margret and H. A. Rey
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems
Great chapter books and longer stories to read – and take turns reading:
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio