Celebrating Family Literacy

By Giggle Magazine

By Mercedes Leguizamon

On Nov. 1, celebrate Family Literacy Day by either reading to your child or having her read to you! Either way, there are many different books that can help your children learn to read, or if they’ve already got that down pat, help them think critically. In order to make the best of Family Literacy Day, check out these classic books for your children or young adults.

Reading Beginners

“How Rocket Learned to Read” by Tad Hills

Rocket, a puppy, prefers chasing leaves rather than reading. One day, he finds himself in the classroom of a bird and they both learn to read. This is a great choice for new readers! 

“Frog and Toad Are Friends” by Arnold Lobel

With simple vocabulary even the earliest of readers can understand, this book sends a positive message of a mutually caring friendship through a collection of stories. It encourages readers to treasure the friends that they have in their own life.

Ready to Read Alone

“I’m a Big Sister” or “I’m a Big Brother” by Joanna Cole

These books explain the responsibilities that a big sibling takes on when a new baby joins the family. This book has simple vocabulary, and young children will be able to read, or sound out, most, if not all, the words.

“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White

A tender novel of friendship, love, life and death, “Charlotte’s Web” has been a classic for many years. This book is not only a poignant read, but it also supports Common Core Standards.

Young Adult Readers

“Holes” by Louis Sachar

This book is a great read for children who love plot twists and writing that hops around between past and present.

“The Pearl” by John Steinbeck

This novella follows the terrible events that follow the discovery of a pearl by a poor Mexican fisherman. It is a short but interesting tale of greed with lessons from which anyone can benefit.