How to Teach Your Child to Read with These 12 Books
No matter how enthusiastic your child is about learning to read, it can be daunting for you.
Before we get to some good book ideas, it’s important for you to know that a reading routine is more important than the books you choose. Establishing a regular “reading time” for you and your child is the first thing you should focus on.
Whether it’s right before bedtime or sometime during the day, make sure there is a time where you focus on reading together. It doesn’t have to be long, twenty minutes a day will still make a huge difference. During these times, take note of what types of stories your child is interested in. If there is a certain theme or author he seems to enjoy, try to find related books that he can start to practice with.
We have created a list of some of the best books that will help your child along on their journey of learning how to read.
Books that help your child learn letters
While many parents and teachers alike focus on teaching one letter at a time, it’s still good to read books that review the entire alphabet. There are a lot of great
alphabet books out there
, but here are some of the best to get you started:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
This timeless alphabet classic introduces children to the alphabet through an upbeat rhyme. This story which describes letters racing each other to the top of a coconut tree will keep your child’s attention until the very end. If you’re just beginning to introduce the alphabet to your little one, this is one of the best ways to do it!
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlers
This colorful book is a great tool not only to teach your kids their ABCs but also fruits and vegetables. Each page is beautifully illustrated with a picture of a fruit or a vegetable beginning with that letter. Some will be familiar to you and your child while others will be less so and can make great conversation starters.
The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
If you’re looking for a book that is not your typical alphabet book, this one is for you. The author introduces each letter with an image that starts with that letter surrounded by a black frame. When you lift the frame, the image transforms into the letter. While no more complex than any other alphabet book, this one’s illustrations and interactive nature will surely delight your child.
Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
This is another great book for children who already recognize their letters but still need practice. On each page, your child will be introduced to a letter that looks like an everyday object found in a city. It’s a great way to introduce your child to things she sees daily and could prompt her to start seeing letters in her own environment.
Books that will help your child to read
The best books that will help you teach your child how to read are ones filled with words that rhyme as well as basic “sight words,” words we see and use on a daily basis. These books are also repetitious. While hearing the same words over and over might get on your nerves, repetition helps children learn how to read.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Many parents swear by this book. Why is it so popular? For starters, it comes with word for word instructions for you to follow which will take all the guesswork out of teaching your child to read.
In each lesson, it teaches several sounds as well as introduces very basic words to your child, repeating them at a high frequency. As you progress through the book, new sounds and words will be added.
While they might not be the most thrilling of stories for you, Bob Books are perfect for a child who is just starting to read. This series is made up of several small books that are a few pages long. Each book is filled with short three letter words and simple sentences. They are a good way to build your child’s confidence and encourage him to want to read more.
Dick and Jane Books
A timeless series that millions of Americans have learned to read on, Dick and Jane Books are true classics. Like all good beginner readers, these books are made up of short, high-frequency words that are frequently repeated. They also have different levels associated with them, so depending on where your child is at, you can either start at the very beginning or jump in at the appropriate level.
Books that will encourage your child to read on their own
While teaching your child how to read is a huge hurdle, finding books that she wants to practice reading on her own can be challenging as well. These books are ones we are sure your child will enjoy.
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
While this book can be read to toddlers, it is great for kids who are learning to read on their own. Throughout the book, words are highlighted in a way that encourages children to slow down and sound them out on their own.
Hug by Jez Alborough
This book is especially useful because it will get your young reader involved in the story and demonstrate how a single word can be used to convey different meanings.
Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett
Here’s another story told using only a few words. This book is a great for teaching kids on how to use visual cues to help them to read. Because it uses the four same words in a different sequence, your child can use the corresponding illustrations to decode words he might not recognize right away.
Curious George: Curious about Phonics by Catherine Hapka
Comprised of a set of 12 different books, each one introduces young readers to a few new sounds. While beginners might find these stories more challenging, they are a great follow-up to Bob Books and are far more entertaining for both parent and child.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
While its repetition might drive you a little crazy, your kid will love this classic book. This is a great book to help your child begin to associate the words she sees on the page with the words she is hearing.
While all these books are sure to help your children learn to read, remember to let them go at their own pace. Don’t be discouraged if one day they seem to be reading on their own and the next day you have to go back and review the alphabet again. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.
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