When it comes to setting your child up for success, teachers 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!
These teacher-recommended books allow you to create an at-home reading routine that ensures your child is practicing the skills they’re learning in the classroom, like vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension.
Teachers often stress the importance of reading a wide variety of books from different genres, like fiction and nonfiction, so children can discover the types of books and topics they love most. Studies like the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report show that when children read what they’re interested in, they’re more likely to develop a love of reading.
Below, Jaclyn Pearson, a 1st grade teacher in Illinois, shares the books she recommends to parents most frequently and why.
For Readers Transitioning to Chapter Books
“One of my favorite book series to recommend to parents are Scholastic’s Branches books,” says Pearson. “This book series introduces chapter books in a friendly manner and allows young children to feel confident in handling a longer book.”
Branches books, which include the best-selling Diary of a Pug and Unicorn Diaries series, pair engaging illustrations children love with simple but high-interest text to help increase reading stamina.
“Eerie Elementary [another Branches series] is my favorite series!” Pearson says.