When it comes to setting your child up for a great school year, encouraging them to read at home is one of the best things you can do –and not just on their own, but with you by their side!
“One misconception parents have once their child can read independently is that they no longer need to read with them,” says Kelsey Zeilinger, a fourth-grade teacher in Virginia. “When easing back into the new school year routine, reading together is a great habit to start.”
To get your child engaged with learning and reading, explore The One and Only Ivan together. “This book will make you laugh and cry while teaching your child empathy,” Zeilinger says. “I love the way it inspires the reader to change the world, while sharing a beautifully written story inspired by a real silverback gorilla.”
Patrick Mongeau, a second-grade teacher in Massachusetts, recommends books that provide your young reader with “a twist of the mind, a pluck of the heartstrings, and tickles of the funny bone,” like those from the Frog and Toad collection, Pigeon series, and Henry’s Freedom Box. “These books speak directly and honestly to children about the sometimes harsh realities of the world at their level, and in a friendly and comforting tone,” Mongeau says.
Books related to kindness, compassion, and self-discovery should also be at the top of your list. Wandiza Williams, a fifth-grade teacher in New York City, suggests you read I Am Love: A Book of Compassion with your child this back-to-school season.
Lana Cronk, a middle school teacher in Iowa, prefers books that are fast reads and engaging for middle schoolers. She recommends Refugee, which inspires enriching conversations about perspective and empathy. “If you want to read a book that reminds us that we are all human, then this is it,” Cronk says.
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