Popular books to get your primary schooler reading

Need some ideas for books that will instill a love of reading in your primary schooler?

Teachers and speech pathologists at Kids First share this list of popular stories and authors so that you know exactly what to look for when you visit the library or book store with your child.

Kindergarten to Year 2

Your child’s early years of reading is a magical period in which you can introduce key skills that will set them up for literacy and life. Books by popular authors like Mem Fox, Dr Seuss, Anthony Browne and Pamella Allen combine engaging stories with literacy foundations like rhyme to give your child a great start to reading.

Year 1 and Year 2

Now that your child is getting the hang of reading, basics like high frequency sight words, sounding words out into syllables and building oral reading skills become a focus in Year 1 and Year 2. You might find that your child starts to enjoy book series, such as Billie B Brown, Hey Jack and Zac Powers. They key at this age is to keep your child’s enjoyment going by reading fun books at home every night.

Year 3 to Year 6

By the time your child is in Year 3 or Year 4, they are no longer learning to read, but reading to learn.  Now is the time to expose your child to lots of different genres so that your son or daughter’s vocabulary expands. In Year 5 and Year 6, your child should be working toward being an independent reader who is not only reading for pleasure, but also starting to read for specific purposes, such as researching. In the years before high school begins, it is super important to maintain regular reading routines at home so that reading can compete with screens when it comes to your child’s leisure time choices!

Written by Sonja Walker
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