Reading is key to success in school
It doesn’t really matter if your child is reading comic books or the back of a cereal box; as long as he or she is reading something, you’ve won half the battle. That being said, some children need motivation to become readers. The following list contains some fun books that might encourage your child to read.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Published in 1945, this book is about a little girl named Pippi. She’ s a zany, apparently parentless child who moves into the house next door to a pair of well behaved children whose parents do not know what to think of their new neighbor. Pippi lives with a monkey and a horse, has chests full of gold doubloons, and knows nothing of etiquette or school. Pippi is such an engaging character that her antics will make children laugh while also making them think about why we have rules and restrictions. It is recommended for children in grades 2 through 5 by http://barnesandnoble.com.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
While http://barneasandnoble.com recommends this one for ages 8 through 11, it is obviously a good companion book for 4th graders. The book tells the story of Peter, who lives in New York with his parents, and his younger brother, affectionately known as Fudge. Fudge is the bane of Peter’s life. Children who are older siblings will relate to Peter’s difficulties, while those who are younger siblings might begin to see themselves in a new light.
Never Take a Pig to Lunch: And Other Poems about the Fun of Eating by Nadine Bernard Westcott (editor)
Most kids have definite opinions about food, and seeing those opinions expressed in print can be very entertaining. This book is a compilation of poems about the foods people do and do not like, as well as other related topics. It is recommended for children ages 4 to 8 by http://barnesandnoble.com, but will also appeal to older children. It is an enjoyable way to introduce kids to various forms of poetry and will inspire them to write their own.
Before reading anything with your child, skim through it to decide whether it is suited to your child’s interests and reading level. While it is a good idea to challenge your child’s intellect, reading material that is too challenging too soon may discourage a child from reading.