6 Types of Books Children should read

My children love to read. But with all the options out there, it’s hard to know what types of books we should let our kids read. In this post, I will share 6 types of books children should read.

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One of the main reasons my children love to read so much is because we have hundreds of books in our house.

Making books available is the main cause that helps foster the love of reading in my children.

BUT, it’s not just about having any book available. Parents should have the right books available.

Because if children only have access to books they don’t like or can’t read then chances are they might develop an aversion to reading.

6 types of Books children should read


1. Books at their reading level:

When choosing a book for your child to read it is critical that it is at their reading level. If a child picks a book below their reading level, they might get bored with reading. On the other hand, if they pick a book that is too difficult, they might get discouraged and uninterested.

If you are not sure what level your child is reading, consider asking their teacher to access them. The assessment will help guide you in choosing books at the right level.

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2. Books on topics they find interesting

If your child loves spiders then get books about Spiders (Beginners)

“spiders, even if it is weird for you. Not only will your child show great joy in reading, but they will feel supported in their reading journey. This is even more important when you have a boy. Boys have a harder time reading so choosing books on topics that they are interested in will help them read more.

3. Different genres:

I am guilty of finding one genre and sticking to it. I am not the biggest fan of change. But, occasionally, I will pick out a book in a different genre.

I thought I was not a fan of fantasy but one day a friend suggested I read Eragon. I was not sure I would like it and I was bored with everything else I was reading so thought I would give it a try.

Once I picked up the book and read it, I loved it! I needed up reading the whole series.

By reading different genres, children (and adults) can discover new topics of interest and new authors.

4. Books that show daily life

There are so many books out there that depict children in real-life scenarios. These characters are dealing with the same stuff as your kids might be dealing with.

In today’s world, kids have to deal with a myriad of different issues. They might not believe you when you say you understand. But by reading books that show characters dealing with similar issues, children will feel understood.

Children will also feel like they are not alone. They may also get some ideas about how to handle certain situations.

5. Books that teach you something new

One of my favourite books that my kids bring home from the library are ones that not only teach my kids something new but where I learn something as well.

These books are usually encyclopedias or nature books. They usually have great graphics and lots of great information.

I love reading and saying: Wow, I never knew that. Each time I do, my daughter’s eyes grow bigger as if she thought adults knew everything.

Showing my kids that learning is a lifelong journey and knowledge can come from many different sources.

 6. A different format

Boys, typically, have a harder time reading than girls. To engage them in reading, consider a different format. I love reading fantasy books and historical function books.

My husband likes political books and books about business. My children love comic books and magazines. Some children will never like reading novels, but that does not mean that they don’t like to read.

If you are having a hard time getting your child to read a book, consider looking at other types of reading materials.

The best places to start when exploring different formats include Comics, magazines, e-books, graphic novels, Lego instructions and so on.

The possibilities are endless. Observe what your child enjoys doing and find an opportunity for them to read something related.

There are so many books to choose some. So many that you may not know where to start. If after reading this you are still not sure where to start then ask your child’s teacher or spend some time at the library.

Teachers and librarians know exactly what sorts of books different children like and can help you narrow your search.

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25 responses to “6 Types of Books Children should read”

  1. Dealman Avatar

    Good post. I appreciate that you started with “on their reading level!” As a Teacher, I know how important that is! Once kids get their “happy place” reading becomes a favorite activity!

  2. Christia Colquitt Avatar

    I am always looking for ideas on getting my kids to read a wide variety of books! Thank you for the insight. I will be putting this to use. Thank you!!

  3. Audrey Avatar

    As a former ELA teacher and a current mom, I loved this post. These are excellent tips on cultivating young readers, which is SO important.

  4. Courtney Blacher Avatar

    Great tips. It’s very important to encourage your kids to read and love books from early ages.

  5. Lauren C. Moye Avatar

    Great tips! My child doesn’t read yet, but she really loves rhyming stories. She’ll even bring us her favorites to read to her.

  6. Kate Fabian Avatar
    Kate Fabian

    Thank You for this guide. My teenage daughter likes to read a novel and I’m doing my best to influence her to explore other genres. Also, I’m having issues with her lately about not finishing the books she’s reading. Upon talking to her, apparently, she easily loses interest whenever a story is getting bored and wanted to move on to another book.

  7. Calee Shea Avatar

    My parents kept us reading constantly as kids and it has led my brother and I both to be writers! I am so grateful for the love of reading that was given to me at such an early age!!! Great post and recommendations!


  8. Davi Avatar

    These are great tips! My 15 month old hands me the same book multiple times per day to read so I’m excited for the day when she wants to branch out a little more!

  9. Bailey Avatar

    I love this. Reading to children is so important. My mom read the Little House on the Prairie series to us growing up and it was so wonderful.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I have the whole series as well!!!

  10. Sabrina Chapiel Avatar
    Sabrina Chapiel

    Great tips! My son is at the stage where he is just starting to enjoy books. We go to the library a lot. I get him board books to play with, but also paper books that I can read to him (he likes being read to while he has snack time and lunch!). I always loved books growing up – I hope he does too! Thanks for the insightful post!

  11. Katie Avatar

    This is really good advice! Choosing the right type of books to share with children is important x

  12. Andrea Avatar

    I think it’s so important that whatever genre the child reads, that the books be appropriate in age and content for that child

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I so agree!! Sometimes finding that balance can be so hard!

  13. Melissa D Avatar

    Anne, I love this! My girls love to read, and we are guilty of choosing a lot of fiction when we go to the library…which is why I try to buy non-fiction books as often as I can.

  14. Edie Avatar

    There are some great tips here as my son is just learning to read! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Amanda Avatar

    Excellent recommendations. We practically lived in the library when I was growing up, and I loved browsing just to see what interested me. One thing I would add is that in addition to reading level, consider comprehension level as well. As a teacher I saw children reading 4 grades or more above their grade. Unfortunately, they may not have the same level of comprehension. Just something to consider. 🙂

  16. Cassie Avatar

    Good suggestions. My parents always thought it was extremely important to read to me and I can’t wait to read to my own kids some day!

  17. Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries Avatar

    I love these tips! My daughter is just learning to read, and even though she gravitates toward books I wouldn’t necessarily pick, I’m just glad she’s reading! 🙂

  18. Ashley Avatar

    This is a great list, and I appreciate that you started with “on their reading level!” As a Teacher, I know how important that is! Once kids find their “happy place” reading becomes a favorite activity!

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Yes!! I think this can be easily overlooked but I believe its the key to reading success.

  19. Marie, Mamma's Cooking Avatar

    This post is a great reminder! My kids have been really into books of maps and flags of different countries.

  20. Amanda Avatar

    My children can’t read yet, but these are all good to keep in mind when they can! When we read to them we do choose several genres.

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