How to Create a Reading List

I love creating reading lists for my kids because I look forward to all the books they’ll get to enjoy. They also help you stay organized if you need to order them from the library so you’re not scrambling for them last minute.

Free printable to help keep track of books with tips on how to create a reading list for your child

In my 31 Days to a Better Planned Homeschool series, I gave you some tips on how to use the library effectively, but now how do we decide what books they should read.
Find books at correct reading level

Ensure that you are reading with your child daily, this will give them more practice and become incorporated into their routine. Have your child read aloud to you so you know what words they have trouble with and what reading level they are at. When my boys first started reading we used Dr. Seuss books for their early readers and they loved them.

If they book is too difficult your child may get frustrated so stick to books that are below and at the reading level your child needs.

How to find good books to read

Ask your librarian, they are the best resource for book suggestions I love them. Our library also has different list resources that recommend books for children. I do look through them as I prefer to stick with the classics with great literature then the fluff that they produce to get children to read about farting or underwear.

If we like a book, for example, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then we’ll try another one of his books as well. I like looking at the suggestions at the bottom of amazon listings to see what other books are similar to the one you just read.

Use higher level reading books for read alouds

For your read alouds, choose books that are at a higher level of reading to expose your child to new vocabulary and pronounciations. Read daily and you will have a lifelong reader in your household.

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  1. One of my favorite parts of homeschooling has been introducing my kids to great books!

  2. Great tips! Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!!
    I always enjoy my visits here. 😉 Glad to have you as part of our community!

  3. The gift of loving books and reading is a lifetime gift we give our children and grandchildren. This is a great support to any parent seeking to give this gift! Thanks for sharing it!!

  4. Great info! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful spot Blog Hop! 🙂

    1. I love librarians, they always have wonderful recommendations.

  5. Thanks for the great tips. I’m putting together a reading list for my grand son. He’s not very cooperative, but we’re going get there. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

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