Recommended Reading Lists For Children

How to create reading lists for your children appropriate for their level of education and age. Some recommended examples are included.

Parents, teachers, volunteers, teaching assistants and caregivers spend hours weekly (often at times, daily) preparing reading lists for their children and students. Parents are their children's first teachers, so establishing good reading habits during their earlier developmental stages is their responsibility. The importance of reading to children everyday at a particular time or whenever they ask develops a positive and encouraging learning atmosphere. There are still staggering amounts of parents and caregivers that have not yet grasped this fact.

We all want literate children, but where do we begin? Take your children to the library so they can choose their own books to read, keep learning materials (such as books, writing supplies and art supplies) within reach for independent education, lead by example (if you show disinterest in reading and learning, chances are they will follow in your footsteps) and never discourage your child to read. Making everyday a fun learning experience will develop a stronger thirst for knowledge in our children.

Reading lists arranged age appropriately are a very important learning tool. As parents and teachers to our children, creating these lists becomes a vital task in our educating agenda. If you feel lost or overwhelmed by this process, visit the youth section of your local library or a reputable bookstore for help. Often times there are reading lists available for customers to take and use for reference.



Take your time when developing your child's reading list. Consider their age, reading level, attention span, subjects of interest and any educational challenges they may have faced previously. It is important not to overwhelm and frustrate your child with books beyond their learning capabilities. You also do not want to stifle their progress by going below the spectrum and boring them. Finding the medium is the challenge. Often times your child will be able to determine at what level they feel comfortable reading with your supervision. Remember, age and education levels marked on some books may not be appropriate for your child's level or progress.

Examples of reading lists:

Children's Book Titles (beyond the easy reader level):

- Freckle Juice, Judy Blume

- The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl

- Benny and the no-good Teacher, Cheryl Zach

- Sidewalk Story, Sharon Bell Mathis

- Max Malone Makes a Million, Charlotee Herman

Elementary Student Book Titles:

- Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume

- Rats on the Roof, James Marshall

- Aliens for Lunch, Stephanie Spinner

- Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey

- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Children Sixth Grade and Under:

- Kidnapped, Stevenson

- Lassie Come Home, Knight

- A Wrinkle in Time, L'Engle

- Wizard of Oz, Baum

- Little Women, Alcott

Authors that may interest Middle School Students:

- Robert Peck

- Paula Danziger

- Sheila Burnford

- James Houston

- Ann Matthews

The above are strictly examples of what a reading list could look like depending on age and grade level. Your format or the format of your references (librarians or booksellers) could be completely different. It might be helpful to add descriptions of each book along with other publications by the same author when creating your lists. That way when your child wishes to choose another, they will know what the book is about ahead of time. Not to mention if they enjoy a particular author, it will be easy for them to choose another from them.

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