Your child is five or six years old and enrolled in formal schooling. They can read simple books by themselves. They still love reading with you and sharing books with adults and other children.

  • Continue to use your local library and make library visits a priority
  • Borrow as many books as you can to create a wide array of reading material for your family
  • Your library offers free programs that encourage young readers—take advantage of these programs

Look for books with humor, action, interesting words, interesting sounds, and lively characters. The strong narratives of simple folktales are also popular with children in kindergarten.

Reading and Activities

  • Remember reading is fun!
  • When you read with your child, ask open-ended questions. For example, "What do you think will happen next?"
  • Let your child read to you
  • Give your child an extra 15 minutes before bed to read on their own
  • Attend a Storytime

Try This:

Ask your child to read their favorite book with you. Ask your child to describe the things they like about the book. Then go to the library and find books written by the same author or find books illustrated by the same artist.

Book Suggestions

Visit the library often and be sure to ask your librarian for more suggestions.

To read more about early literacy and infants: