What kind of books should children read?

Learning to read: The best tips on how to support your child in the best possible way

Make your child curious about learning to read every day!

Anyone who is read aloud from an early age and grows up with interesting, exciting books also develops the desire to be able to read themselves. Even one year olds love to look at picture books. Often they can't have enough of it and enjoy being told about it. Over the years, they discover the meaning of writing, and they quickly want to learn to read and decipher what is written there. In order to maintain motivation and interest in learning to read, I am giving you tried and tested tips for learning German for beginners and children with reading difficulties.

Tips for learning to read

1. Read with your child every day

It's a truism: you can only learn to read by reading. The more regularly you read with your child, the faster and better your child will learn to read. But under no circumstances should the fun be lost. Short reading units of 10 minutes, during which you snuggle up together on the sofa, can be an oasis in the stress of everyday life. Your child only reads as much as they want. You will see that over time it becomes more and more courageous and copes with ever longer texts. So it can learn to read step by step.

2. Read with the whole family

Nobody has to be alone to learn to read. Create a cozy reading corner where browsing together can become an experience. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the television might stay off and the whole family grab their reading material over tea and cookies. Or you take turns reading a story with assigned roles. Please make sure, however, that learning to read is never compulsory and always happens voluntarily. Reading should not be a punishment, nor should it be a must, so that the love of stories is not lost.

3. Communicate

Be sure to let your child participate in your own reading experiences. Read to him from the daily newspaper, find out about product labels, look at catalogs, look at advertising posters in town together or explain the bus schedule to him. Writing can be found everywhere. Even if you are reading a particularly exciting crime novel, you can pass this experience on to your child and thus learn to read with them.

4. Pick up the thread

Does your child read stories about wizards and magic? Go deeper into the topic and attend a magician performance or learn some easy tricks together that can be performed at a family get-together. For knight tales, a visit to a medieval market is a good idea, and books about robots and computers are a good occasion to visit a technology museum. But it also works the other way around: After a walk, you can look up the collected sheets of paper in the nature book with your child and thus learn to read while playing.

5. Give a book now and then

Even if they are not read straight away, books can be a pleasant eye-catcher on a beautiful shelf in the children's room. Sooner or later your child may voluntarily reach for it and learn to read. So give a book as a present every now and then, even if your child doesn't always break out in cheers. At some point there will definitely be an opportunity to pull this book off the shelf and immerse yourself in its content. At the latest when a sick child is bored during the day in bed, a nice book should be on hand to distract them. It can also learn to read.

6. Browse and browse

There is something mysterious and unexplored about books. Take your child to flea markets and browse the window displays for great books. Enter libraries and rummage through boxes of books for hidden treasures. Take your child to a second-hand bookshop and let them tell you the story of some books. And it is definitely a special experience to take a close look at a comic book store. The more exciting and interesting contacts your child has with books, the greater their interest in them and the better they can learn to read. Ask your child for advice on which book grandpa should get for Christmas and let them decide.


This is how reading-impaired children learn to read

Some children find reading more difficult than others. To motivate them, it often takes more than a nice book cover or an exciting topic. Despite a reading disorder, there is hardly a child who does not learn to read sooner or later. However, to make this easier, better and faster, you should pay attention to the following tips. Your child will soon be reading a lot better than before.

Special tips for novice readers or weak readers

  • Look for interesting reading material with your child in the library or bookstore. Your child decides what they want to read, not you. Many books for novice readers indicate the age for which they are suitable.
  • The optimal book should have as many pictures and just as much text as your child can handle. Better to choose a reading level that is too low than one that is too high.
  • Block letters are easier to read than cursive letters and the letters must not be too small. For weak readers, there should be little text on one page.
  • Always orientate yourself on the skills and interests of your child so that they do not lose their motivation.
  • The interest in the progress of the story is maintained by fluttering. (Flutter sentence means that each line also contains a context of meaning, that is, it is meaningfully closed in itself. The flutter sentence simplifies meaningful reading for children and can already be found as a standard in many children's books.)
  • With the reading ruler or the reading arrow or reading window, the children are better able to stay in the respective line and not slip their eyes. The reading ruler covers the lower lines, the reading arrow or the reading window also covers the following words, thus allowing full concentration on the word to be read. Reading arrows are available in bookshops, but you can also easily make them yourself.
  • There are studies that show that some children read better when the color contrast between writing and sheet is not black and white but with other colors. To achieve this, there are different colored reading transparencies that are simply placed over the text to be read. The same is achieved with colored glasses. To get started, all you need to do is get hold of blue, red, yellow, and green foils from the craft supplies store. If it turns out that your child reads much better with these slides, you should
    Talk to an ophthalmologist and possibly try colored glasses.
  • Read as a team. Some children are afraid of reading a text alone because they fear they will stumble across difficult passages. Instead of trying, don't even start. Help is provided by so-called paired reading (alternating, accompanying reading).
    The child reads a text aloud until it stops. At this moment the quiet reader takes over
    Adults, and so the reading hurdle that has arisen is taken together fluently. Once the bumpy spot has been overcome, the child continues reading on their own again.

Great books for kids

In order to find books that will suit your child, you should know and accept their interests. Does it like to watch TV? Then find out whether there might be a book series for the popular series. Or do you have a PC freak at home? There are also books or comics for many computer or console games. Does your daughter love horses? How about,

to give her a newspaper subscription to a horse magazine for her birthday? Such reading makes it easier to get started with reading, and after all, it is precisely about not finding reading an effort. Children learn to read not because of reading, but because they want to know what story a book tells.

The following books, for example, make you want to read

Reading from 6 years:

  • Reading detectives(Systematic reading promotion from 6 years): Exciting and entertaining reading books for beginners and advanced readers. Clear page structure, large print, nice drawings and reading comprehension questions (Duden Verlag; e.g. Emil and the new one
    Speedometer, Nuri and the goat's feet, Anna and the mysterious key).
  • "Readership" books: Nick Nase on the dinosaur track (the detective Nick Nase sets out with his dog Schnuffel in search of a missing Stegosaurus postage stamp; at the end there are questions about the story and if you know them, you can find a solution), master detective Benjamin Katz and the pirate in the vegetable patch, etch the ink monster (Ravensburger Verlag).

Reading from 8 years:

  • Ursel Scheffler: Commissioner Kugelblitz, guessing thrillers: Great for children's crime fans, these books also offer a slide with which secret messages can be made visible during the course of the book, which significantly increases the fun of reading (Egmont Franz Schneider Verlag).
  • "Decide for yourself" are books that are not read from front to back. There are always passages in the text where the reader can decide for himself how the story will proceed (e.g. The Island of 1000 Dangers, Ravensburger Verlag).

Reading from 9 years:

  • Kjersti Wold: Soccer gods don't fall from the sky, soccer gods don't miss and nothing can be frightened by soccer gods. Stories about a too small boy who dreams of becoming a footballer (Carlsen Verlag).

My tip:If you are unsure which book your child might like, take a look at the website www.stiftung-lesen.de. Here you will find educational titles, reading books for toddlers and exciting novels for schoolchildren. Monika Osberghaus recommends especially for 8 to 12 year olds: What should I read? 50 best children's books, dtv 2003).