Books bring so much joy and adventure to every child. Whether they’re going on quests with their favorite characters in the pages of a fiction book or learning about the world around them through nonfiction, the benefits of reading early and often are immeasurable, especially when searching for books to improve reading comprehension.
When it comes to ways to help a child reading below grade level and improve reading skills, whether it’s reading comprehension, vocabulary, stamina, or anything in between, finding impactful books makes all the difference. Reading is a wonderful opportunity for a child to step into the shoes of a character and to learn perspective. That's why pairing certain books together can not only improve your child’s reading skills, but also their social-emotional skills. We’ve found that the right books in combination can make a huge impact on how children learn to make connections between themselves and their peers — and how to explore their emotions and express themselves.
Here are five books that, in tandem, not only improve reading, but also help your child develop a healthy self-esteem, learn to respect others, and understand empathy.
For more tips on finding books at the right level for your child, visit our guide on reading levels for kids.
In this charming book by Rachel Bright, children meet a sweet little dinosaur who is getting ready for a picnic, until the first signs of worry start creeping in. He worries whether or not he packed enough food to eat, he worries about whether or not it will rain, and he worries about getting lost.
Worrysaurus helps children learn to acknowledge their worries, but also how to let them pass and enjoy being present in the moment. Acknowledging and being at peace with their feelings is a tremendous step in helping kids learn how to effectively meet their worries and find ways to surmount them. Plus, certain words of text are helpfully emphasized throughout the story, which will help your child learn how to read with emotion (a part of reading fluency), and is a must in your collection of books to improve reading.