Motivating Your Child To Read

Motivating Your Child To Read - Includes Favorite Reading Series By Grade Level

Over the years, I’ve had many parents ask me how to motivate their children to read at home.  Some ways to do this are to introduce them to a series of books, find a comfortable reading place, take an interest in their books, and find their independent reading level.

1. Introduce your children to a book series.  Choose a series you think your children may be interested in reading.  Read one of the books with or to your children.  This will help them become familiar with the characters, setting, and general style of the books which will make them more comfortable reading the next books on their own.  I’ve included a list of favorite book series by grade level below.

2. Help your children find a comfortable place to read.  It could be on top of a bunch of pillows and stuffed animals, under the table with a sheet draped over the top, or in a special corner devoted just to reading.

3.  Take an interest in what your children are reading.  Let them tell you about what they are reading.  Getting to know the characters and stories as a parent will provide connection with your children.  You can be out at the park and say, “Remember when Ramona was stuck on the monkey bars?”  The commonality will help create inside stories and jokes between you and your children.

4.  Help your children pick books at their independent reading level.  If the books are too hard, your children will become frustrated.  If the books are too easy, your children will become bored.  Your children’s teachers will be able to tell you what reading level they can best read at independently. *If you homeschool your children, see the tips at the end of this post for how to find your children’s reading levels.

Here is a list of favorite book series by grade level.
They would make great Christmas gifts.


Curious George

Margret and H. A.

Clifford The Big Red Dog

Norman Bridwell

Dr. Seuss Books

Dr. Suess

Little Critters

Mayer Mercer

Lilly, Chrysanthemum, etc.

Kevin Henkes

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Crockett Johnson

Berenstain Bears

Stan and Jan

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and more)

Laura Numeroff


Frank Asch


Morris the Moose

Bernard Wiseman

Where’s Spot?

Eric Hill

Little Bear

Else Minarik


Stephen Krensky

Miss Nelson

Harry Allard

The Black Lagoon

Mike Thaler

Doctor De Soto

William Steig


Henry and Mudge

Cynthia Rylant


Jill Punter

Nate the Great

Marjorie Sharmat

Junie B. Jones

Barbara Park


Marc Brown

Amelia Bedelia

Peggy and Herman


Ludwig Bemelmans

Frog and Toad


Flat Stanley

Jeff Brown

Horrible Harry

Suzy Kline

You Are Special

Max Lucado


Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton and Matt Wolf

Captain Underpants

Dav Pilkey

Cam Jansen

David Adler

Pee Wee Scouts

Judy Delton

A to Z Mysteries

Ron Roy

Baby-Sitters Club:
Little Sister

Ann M. Martin



Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Jeff Kinney

Animal Ark

Ben M. Baglio

Wayside School

Louis Sachar

Chronicles of Narnia

C.S. Lewis

Encyclopedia Brown

Donald J. Sobol

The Boxcar Children


The Baby-Sitters Club

Ann M. Martin

Sports Mysteries

T.J. Edwards

American Girls

The American Girls


The Hardy Boys

Franklin W. Dixon

Nancy Drew

Carolyn Keene

Little House

Laura Ingalls

Matt Christopher Sports

Matt Christopher

*If you homeschool your children and need to find their independent reading level, there are a couple things you can do.  The first is to call the public school in your area and find out if they will test your children on their state reading test day for free.  Some schools will do this.  The other is to assess your children on your own.  You can find different tests online.  Here is one of those tests that will give you a general idea: Free Reading Fluency Assessment.

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