Discover Great Books to Read with Your Child
Learning to read and write is the basis of all learning. As a parent, you can help your child become a reader by making reading an important part of your day. In this tipsheet, find more about reading instruction at your elementary student’s grade level and some suggested titles to read together.
About Reading in Kindergarten
Kindergarten students tell stories with pictures and learn to predict sequence, events, and outcomes. They explore concepts of real and imaginary as they compare and contrast within stories. They explain their own writings and drawings. In kindergarten, children begin to see similarities and differences in words, and identify capital and small letters, words, and sentences.
Literacy Tips for Kindergarten Parents
- Reading is everywhere… Point out and read store and road signs, menus, game directions, movie listings, and more.
- Set aside daily reading time at home.
- Be a good example. Let your child see you reading… both for information and for pleasure.
- Help your child apply for his or her own library card.
Books to Read with Your Kindergartner
The Cat in the Hat (and other “Beginning to Read” books by Dr. Seuss)
Traditional nursery rhymes and folktales
Kitten’s First Full Moon
The Kissing Hand
George and Martha
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Where the Wild Things Are
Guess How Much I Love You
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
About Reading in 1st Grade
1st graders read and tell about stories with photographs and illustrations and predict sequence, events, and outcomes. They discuss concepts of real and imaginary and compare and contrast within and between stories. Students read a variety of texts for both pleasure and purpose. 1st graders read and discuss their own writings, with or without picture support. They are expected to read grade-level texts with accuracy, appropriate speed, and expression in order to effectively comprehend what they read.
Literacy Tips for 1st Grade Parents
- Read together every day. Ask your child to make predictions and puzzle out new words, using picture clues.
- Visit the library. Regular trips to the library give your child a wider range of reading materials. Choose books that rhyme, repeat phrases, or have predictable stories.
- Help your child create an A-to-Z “book” of new words, complete with sentences and drawings or magazine photos.
Books to Read with Your 1st Grader
You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Bear Snores On
Ramona the Pest
Henry and Mudge
The Hundred Dresses
The Little House
How the Elephant Got Its Trunk
Gail Gibbons’ series of nonfiction titles
About Reading in 2nd
Grade 2nd graders read texts with photographs and illustrations to summarize, compare and contrast, evaluate, and develop inferences based on what they read. Students read a variety of texts for both pleasure and purpose. They distinguish between fact and fiction. 2nd graders read and discuss their own writings in conversations with adults and peers. They are expected to read grade-level texts with accuracy, appropriate speed, and expression in order to effectively comprehend what they read.
Literacy Tips for 2nd Grade Parents
- Help your child build his personal library. Visit the used book store, garage sales, book swaps, and school book sales.
- Read aloud a chapter or two together each night.
- Visit the library regularly.
Books to Read with Your 2nd Grader
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown
The Adventures of Taxi Dog
Frog and Toad series
We are Best Friends
Duck for President
Roger the Jolly Pirate
Cam Jansen series
Diary of a Worm
About Reading in 3rd Grade
3rd graders read a variety of texts for both pleasure and purpose. They use a variety of strategies for support when they encounter difficult texts. Strategies include retelling, summarizing/ paraphrasing, and using evidence from the text to support their inferences. Students make and defend opinions about a text. 3rd graders are expected to read grade-level texts with accuracy, appropriate speed, and expression in order to effectively comprehend what they read.
Literacy Tips for 3rd Grade Parents
- Take turns reading a chapter in a favorite chapter book.
- Don’t take a holiday from reading. During car trips, take along books (or books on tape) that the whole family will enjoy.
- Go to the library regularly.
Suggested Reading for Your 3rd Grader
Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters
Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids, Seymour Simon
Volcanoes, Seymour Simon
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
George and Martha
Little House in the Big Woods
The Boxcar Children series
Because of Winn-Dixie
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
About Reading in 4th Grade
4th graders read and analyze a variety of both literary and informational texts. These include tall tales, folktales, news items, and reports. Students relate themes in what they read to personal experience and make well-developed connections. 4th graders are expected to read grade-level texts with accuracy, appropriate speed, and expression in order to effectively comprehend what they read.
Literacy Tips for 4th Grade Parents
- Your child may enjoy reading and discussing a book with friends. Check the school or public library for opportunities or help your child start his or her own club.
- Read daily as a family. Share your own favorite childhood books with your child.
- Give books as special gifts and help your child build a personal library.
Suggested Reading for Your 4th Grader
Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters
The Cricket in Times Square
Beezus and Ramona
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
James and the Giant Peach
Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow
About Reading in 5th Grade
5th graders read and analyze a variety of both literary and informational texts. These include drama, poetry, and nonfiction texts. Students relate themes in what they read to personal experience. They make well-developed connections and analyze authors’ use of various elements of writing for effect and purpose. 5th graders are expected to read grade-level texts with accuracy, appropriate speed, and expression in order to effectively comprehend what they read.
Literacy Tips for 5th Grade Parents
- Encourage your child to select his or her own reading material— whether that’s a how-to book, a joke book, a special-interest magazine, or a graphic anime novel.
- Watch for reading problems. If your child has trouble with routine reading (signs or instructions), reads at a very slow pace on assigned reading, or avoids pleasure reading, he or she may benefit from extra reading support at school and at home.
Suggested Reading for Your 5th Grader
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Secret Garden
Island of the Blue Dolphins
The Grapes of Math