It’s so much fun to read picture books to preschoolers, but once your child is in elementary school, chapter books can open up new windows of connection. Once you’ve moved beyond the realm of picture books, that doesn’t mean you should stop reading to and with your child! It’s important to keep reading to older kids because you can read slightly ahead of their current reading skills and continue to encourage their literacy and comprehension. Let their interests guide you, but here are some options to consider:
These detective/mystery stories have delighted kids (and adults) for generations. If you’re like me and you read them when you were a kid, you might’ve forgotten how they turned out, which means you can enjoy rediscovering them too!
I love the vivid descriptions in this simple, heartfelt prairie story of children learning to bond with their mail-order stepmother after the death of their mother.
Not to be confused with the television series, these Newbery Award-winning books evocatively describe pioneer life and the importance of family.
Fictional diaries written by girls and boys tell the story of America’s history in an up-close and personal way.
If kids have seen the movie, they might love hearing you read the story. E.B. White paints a picture of farm life with sparse yet striking prose.
The beloved series written by Beverly Cleary include books about Ramona, Henry Huggins, and lesser-known characters such as Maggie and Ellen. As a bonus, reading them from an adult’s perspective really lets you climb inside the mind of your child; Beverly Cleary was finely attuned to how children think.
These vivid allegorical tales, which have sold over 100 million copies, will spark your child’s imagination—and yours, too.
Another tale of imagination lets kids follow Alice on her mystical journey through Wonderland.
This candid, powerful story set in World War II-era Denmark tells the tale of 10-year-old Annemarie and her mission to help save her friend Ellen from the Nazis.
With the release of the movie based on this book, kids might enjoy hearing the original story, an award-winning fantasy novel about a teenager who goes on a cosmic adventure.
We hope you enjoy reading together!