Advanced Readers: Best Book Lists

One of the ways to help your advanced reader choose books that are appropriate for their age and level is to conduct research of books lists online. There are many great resources geared toward advanced readers to provide books that are both challenging and rewarding.  By using best book lists for advanced readers, you can find books that motivate your children. If you do

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The Best Balance for Advanced Readers

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When you Google the term “reading”, you may notice that all of the top hits are about reading remediation and how to help the struggling reader. However, this is not the only challenge that parents could have with their children and the process of learning to read. Some children are amazing readers, but it is still important to support and assist in book choice

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Tools for Picking Just Right Books

We all know that it is important for our children to read. Reading on a regular basis helps them grow into stronger readers. But just reading any book is not as beneficial as when a child picks up a book that is just right for them. So how do you help your child in picking just right books? Picking the Right Topic You probably

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Reading Around the World

The International Children’s Library website has free digital stories for children ranging from age three through thirteen enabling reading around the world. The kid friendly website allows children to pick stories by their age, topic, length, awards, ratings, and even by the color of the cover of the book.   However, in this database of books, language is the top priority. Since this is an

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Fun Sources for Nonfiction Reading

As adults, most of us read nonfiction on a regular basis.  We read the newspaper or magazines. We look up information online or read our favorite blogs.  But when we think of children being required to read nonfiction, we tend to picture long boring books without any pictures.  In reality, there are many, many sources of interesting nonfiction out there for our children to

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Writing from Picture Books

One way that reading helps children is by inspiring better writing from them.  Children who are read to frequently will incorporate words and phrases from books into their own writing which them makes them better writers.  You can help you child with this by showing them how to write like a favorite author.  Here are 2 books that make it easy for young children

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Strategies for Reading Unknown Words

As your child grows as a reader, it will be common for them to come across words that they don’t already know. When this happens, the tendency on the part of a fluent reader (like a parent) is to simply say the word for the child and allow them to keep reading. However, always giving them the unknown word does not help your child

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The Importance of Nonfiction Text Features

We all know that our children should be reading at least some nonfiction.  Maybe they like to read books on their favorite sports stars, look at magazine articles from Highlights or Scholastic News, or research animals online.  No matter what form your child’s nonfiction reading takes, a key to understanding nonfiction is the ability to recognize common text features. What are Text Features? Nonfiction

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader by using the Epic Library App (4 of 4)

When supporting your struggling beginning reader at home, technology can be a great starting point to build interest in reading.  Whether on a tablet or on a computer, technology can be a big motivator to children to grasp beginning reading concepts.  There is a popular reading app, Epic, that is motivating elementary-aged children to read. Epic is a reading e-library that is available on

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader:  Catching their Interest (3 of 4)

In our first post in this series, you learned how to determine your child’s reading level and how to help them to pick books that are at their level.  In this post, you will learn strategies for Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader:  Catching their Interest in order for your child to become interested and engaged in reading at home. Allow your child the option to pick

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