Since I’ve already written a post about what to read to your young kids, here’s another about some things you can give your (slightly) older kids.
So here is a list of 7 books that we either have, or that have been recommended to us.
All Right Already, and others by Jory John and Benji Davies.
I like this series, with Bear and Duck because of its simple drawings and witty turn of phrase. They really make for a great introduction to autonomous reading.
I also think these books are really fun for young English learners because the language is still quite simple, while the comic book style illustrations will help your child follow the story without too much trouble. I wouldn’t recommend it for kids who don’t have any notions at all of English, but certainly for those who are exposed to it regularly.
This brings me to my next series.
I Really Like Slop, an Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems
Ok, I know, I know, I’ve already put this on a previous list for young children, but these are also fab for early readers. They are funny, and easy to follow, even for children who are still learning English.
There Must be More than That by Shinsuke Yoshitake
This book is a little more difficult for English learners, but you could definitely read it with your middle schooler who has much more English in school. It’s a book that I would absolutely read with my grade 6 and 7 students (6ème and 5ème).
I love it because it’s a realistic but hopeful account of how kids might interpret the information they see and hear in the grown-up world. I love the style of drawings and I love how it creates a world of possibilities for young imaginations.
Tiny Titans by by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani
This series was recommended to me. I’ve included it on the list because I think comic books and graphic novels can be great introductions for reluctant readers and young English learners. As with the previous book, these ones will be for middle school aged kids who already know the basics of English. Best practice will be to read them with your kids so that they don’t feel like a chore, unless of course you’ve got avid readers!
These next titles are also recommendations from other parents and readers’ circles
Scooby-doo Team Up! By Sholly Fisch
Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
Fairy Tale Comics by Chris Duffy
Once again, these could be great introductions to the world of reading in English. They may be for elementary aged children, but the stories, illustrations and the fact that they are graphic novels and comics will take away from the idea that they’re “little kids’ books”.
While my own son is still too young to read these, I’m really looking forward to the day when he’ll begin asking me for more things to read on his own, or with me!