Reading is a skill that will take your kid wherever they want to go in life, and providing your kid with a wide range of books written for their age level is the best way to stimulate an interest in literacy. Yet, it can be hard to know where to start with picking out the right book when there are so many from which to choose. As you stock your child’s library, use these titles as inspiration to find the perfect age-appropriate books to enjoy as a family.
Newborn to Two: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
This classic book is one that you may have enjoyed as a child. Now, you can share it with your little one as you snuggle close. The tactile pages make this book perfect for little ones who use their senses to explore the world, and you will love the short, simple sentences that allow your child to begin to understand the rhythm of language.
Two to Three Years Old: Toes, Ears and Nose by Marion Dane Bauer
This lift-the-flap book encourages interaction from older toddlers. As Bauer uses fun sing-song rhymes to help kids guess what word comes at the end of each sentence, and it helps kids learn the names of their body parts.
Four to Six Years Old: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
This book is ideal for teaching kids their alphabet, and its chant-style language will have your kid easily memorizing the words so that they can read along. You can also extend this story by encouraging your kid to use magnetic letters to retell it once it has become familiar.
Seven to Nine Years Old: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
Kids in this age range are learning to read independently, and they face strong social pressures as they begin to focus on making friends. In this book, Dismondy tackles both of these age-specific lessons as she empowers kids to do the right thing and stay true to themselves.
Nine to Twelve Years Old: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Adventure, internal angst and the will to survive all come together in this book to create a fabulous plot that will keep tweens enthralled. As the main character, Brian, faces the Canadian wilderness alone, he shows courage in the face of fear and deepens his self-understanding. Young teens will also find his character easy to relate to and the surprises he encounters along the way will keep them turning the page.
Twelve to Seventeen Years Old: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Older teens are beginning to develop their empathy for others, and the characters in this book make it clear that being a kid with cancer has perks, but that doesn’t mean they want to be pitied. Green incorporates humor with a realistic understanding of how a teen’s mind works to create a story that will have teens experiencing a range of emotions. Have your teen read the book and compare it to the movie to see how much was changed before it hit the big screen.
Giving your kid the right books will spark their interest in reading and encourage them to continue to develop their literacy skills. From old classics to new, innovative titles, you can stimulate interaction and communication by making sure you read the books together.