Before children return to school, many parents are eager to have their children read a book or two before they have to go back and start their homework marathons for the school year. Many parents suggest books to their children that they remember with fondness, or were forced to read in school and believe to be good. But, do you know which books to truly check out and encourage them to read? Do you know the difficulty level your child needs to be able to enjoy the book? If your child is discourage and
The Lexile method to determine a child’s ability to read is commonly used by schools. But, it can be used by you as effectively to determine your child’s Lexile level.
Whether your child is into science fiction, adventure, mystery or fantasy, there are classic books you can choose from each genre, that will keep him turning the pages till the wee hours of the night.
Now that you have determined your child’s reading level and interests, it is time to look at some of the classic books you can choose from, and that your child will love.
- The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
- Shane by Jack Schaefer
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the most difficult tasks for parents in gauging the level of interest a child expresses when reading a book. If the book seems not to interest your child, ask him why. They can tell you if it’s too difficult or if they are not really “into” them. They can tell you if it’s boring, or if that is not what they like to read. If your child does not want to continue a book and has stopped reading altogether, offer other alternatives. A child that reads is better served in the long run, but remember to avoid the books that offer grammatical errors in every sentence trying to be “funny,” those books are not doing your child a service.
This is an extremely small list for you to choose from, considering the amount of classic books we have at our disposal, but it is a list you can start with if you do not know what book to choose for your child’s next reading.