Reading should be valued every day and especially during the month of March. This month is dedicated to advocating for literacy and has been named National Reading Month.
Encouraging your child to read, even for just a few minutes every day, helps to build a strong vocabulary through exposure to new words and familiar ones. It also develops your child’s writing skills. Reading an author’s effectively crafted text teaches your child how to structure sentences and paragraphs.
Beyond the educational benefits of reading is the enjoyment that comes from it. Books, whether fiction or nonfiction, have the power to transport the reader to another realm. This escape discreetly introduces children to new topics and perspectives, which can aid in their cognitive development.
Celebrate reading this month and every month!
Here are our top picks for National Reading Month:
Grades K through 5
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Grades 6 through 8
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Grades 9 through 12
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Looking For Alaska by John Green