Being a good reader is essential to coping with the massive amounts of homework that schools are assigning these days. And to get good at anything, you have to practice. The more you read, the faster you read. And if kids are going to read a lot, they do so voluntarily because they like it. Not because someone told them to read a book that “was good literature.”
If you don’t read children’s literature yourself, it might be hard to come up with some title ideas to give your kids. Until friends started asking, it didn’t occur to me how well equipped I was to suggest books to my kids when they started reading. But ultimately, the best test of a good kids’ book is if kids themselves like it. I’ve done a post over at The Mom Behind the Curtain that kicks of a series in which I list my the favorite books of my own kids. You can read more, at “My Kids’ 98 Favorite Books” .