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Elementary School Reading

The "right" way to teach reading

Not only is there a right way to teach reading, experts call
the kids learning to read any other way "instructional casualties" — and the effects can last a lifetime. More »

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Academic Skills

Recognizing letters and words

Kindergartners learn the relationship of letters to sounds and master their first sight words.


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Sounding it out

First graders learn to sound out words and decode their meanings.


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Proficient readers

Second graders tackle short chapter books and do basic research.


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A whole new level

Third graders make the leap from learning to read to reading to learn.


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New subject areas

Fourth graders read many different types of text, building research and analytical skills.


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Fluency and comprehension

Fifth graders identify themes, make inferences, and draw conclusions.



Book Reviews

See our K-5 book lists!

Want more grade-specific reading recs? Check out our picks for every age!


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Humor books for kindergartners

Silly reads to tickle your child's funny bone.


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Science and nature books for first graders

Spark your child's curiosity about the world around them and the polar bears, sea turtles, and other creatures in it.


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Mystery books for second graders

Start solving mysteries with these books about everything from baseball to secret agents.


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Books on peer pressure

This list of books - fiction and non-fiction - on peer pressure can help you and your older child.


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