Reading books to children 

In this Reading Books to Children blog we will look at reading books in Primary School from Prep to Grade 6  

See also Reading to Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers 3-5 yrs

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Reading Books to Children in Primary School Prep - Grade 6

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Speech Pathologist Dr Sandra McMahon

Speech Pathologist 

Dr Sandra McMahon PhD​

My oldest boy was a very early reader. However, EVERY night after I put the younger children to bed, I would read a chapter to him as we lay in bed- ALL through primary school. Often, he would have read several chapters ahead of me. He would fill me in on what I missed before I read him some more. Now how good is that for a way to connect, to build his spoken language skills and to work on memory skills! It was our time together!

Now at 18 he expresses how special that time was

He loved the fact that I showed an interest in the books he loved (all magic, adventure and science fiction which is not my typical genres!). He is still a ferocious reader and learner! As we said in the baby books pages, reading together is more than just about the book itself – it is about fostering the love of interactions and creating a sense of joy that can only be obtained through reading together. Primary school books should be no exception.

Reading books to children and the Primary books you choose for your student or child needs to reflect:

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The reading levels of children.

New learners to efficient readers!

  • From Prep to Grade 3 children are learning how to read
  • From Grade 3 children are reading to learn

A book that is too hard to read can reduce a child’s confidence and interest in books. A book that is too easy or “too baby-ish” can also deter primary school students from wanting to read.

​Know your child’s reading level and choose primary school books that are at, or a tiny bit above, their level! Try not to get them to read at a level above their ability just because there are other students in the class that are at a higher level. Your child’s reading will falter rather than pushing them ahead if their reading skill is out of sync with their reading levels.

  • Hint: read the harder books to them rather than asking them to read it – this can be more beneficial to your child’s ability to read than pushing them to read a book that really is too “hard”

The preferred format of the books.

Young readers love to have matching pictures to support their understanding and interest in what they are reading. Primary school books by the end of primary tend be more text dense than being loaded with pictures.

  • But if your child is visual or gets put off by “lots of writing” you might like to consider the books that take on a “cartoon” style to keep their interest (e.g., Diary of a Whimpy Kid).

​The kinds of things they are interested in.

Prep children may enjoy funny rhyming picture books, Grade 4 may love the cheeky “toilet focused humour” (e.g., Captain underpants), and later primary school books may begin to explore social themes and friendships in various settings and adventures.

  • If a child expresses an interest in a topic (e.g., soccer, cooking, dragons, fairies) then look for books are at the right reading levels in that interest area. There is no better way to encourage a love of reading than to marry it up to a love they have in another area.
  • Offer a range of topics and interest in the books you suggest so they can open their minds to what primary school books have to offer.

Keep reading aloud to your Primary School Child.

Often, we are using primary school books to “teach”.

  • We want them to have a go at reading and somewhere along this line our focus goes away from the love of the story to hammering knowledge about letters, sounds, words, pausing at full stops.
  • However, it is vitally important to keep the love of reading going.

Make special times to keep the lovely snugly times you had reading baby books and toddler books going. This reminds children that reading is fun and informative. Let them just listen and talk about the story as it unfolds sharing in the wonders books have to offer.

Peppy The Balloon Clown

Let's say the P sound​ eBook

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Children's Books: Peppy The Balloon Clown "Let's say the P Sound"

Promoting Speech Development and Clarity Improving Sound Awareness for Reading Skills!

     Pop, a magical character, and his friend Peppy the Balloon Character take Becky and Timmy on a exciting adventure to save the circus event! Watch with delight as the children reading the book bring the balloon characters to life with their magic chants.

This book however is so much MORE than a fun children’s story:

This children's book encourages CLEAR SPEECH, EARLY READING SKILLS, COMPREHENSION SKILLS AND SOCIAL CONCEPTS.  It cleverly teaches children how to say the “p sound” and then helps them practice saying the sound with vowels (e.g., pee, par) and then in words (at the beginning, middle and end of words). Great for children that are not saying the “p” sound well (e.g., “pig” sounds like “big” or “cup” is said as “cu___”.

Children's Books Educational Resources 

Use these Teaching and Talking Tips while reading. The download helps boost speech, language and literacy skills while reading

In these downloads you will receive pages++ of information and tips broken down into an easy to read and understand format that will inspire you with ideas that you can put into practice today.

Teaching & Talking Tips: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 



Teaching & Talking Tips: Where's My Teddy by Jex Smith



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