Most parents are in the know about reading to their young child. But as kids grow up and start reading independently, did you know that it is still important to read together? And yes, it might feel strange to read Brown Bear, Brown Bear with your 4th grader. Good news, there are some amazing books you and your child can share! Here are our recommendations for starting your own family book club with your 3rd-8th grade family members.
Reading with a 3rd grader and above, you can tackle some more difficult books, both in writing style and emotional content. When you read together, you have a chance to check in with your child about what they read. Did they understand what happened? How did it make them feel? Do they see any connections or contrasts to their own life?
As a grownup, we have the opportunity to discover some incredible stories that may have been missing when we became young readers. Use these stories as a jumping off place to delve deeper into tough conversations, historical events, or current concerns. More than anything, have fun! Enjoy this opportunity to connect with your child through stories. Talk about what kinds of stories appeal to you and to them. What do you have in common? What stories do you have to share? What stories do they have to share?
Check out our selections and get a copy. You can choose to read the book aloud together, take turns reading the same book, or get multiple copies (digital or hard copy) and each family member can read at their own pace. This is YOUR book club, so do what works for you!
HISTORY COMES ALIVE
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
Just before her birthday, Zoe receives a letter from her biological father, a man she has never met, who has been serving time in prison for a terrible crime.