When it comes to setting your child up for success, teachers nationwide agree that 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!
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 speak directly and honestly to children about the sometimes harsh realities of the world at their level — but in a friendly and comforting tone.
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, suggests you read I Am Love: A Book of Compassion with your child.
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