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K12 Expert’s Recommended Reading List for Kids (printable)

“Many reading researchers have indicated that reading is the most important skill for students to succeed not only in school but in society as well. The key to becoming a good reader? Read more and read often.”

There’s no doubt that we all hope to instill a love of reading in our children, but where do we start? Between work, schoolwork, extracurricular activities, meal planning, and more, it’s hard to find time to organize a reading list that is age appropriate, interesting, and challenging. That’s why we’ve worked with Kristen Kinney-Haines, primary literacy director at K12, to create recommendations of great books for your young readers. All of the reading lists include both classic and modern works of literature, with hopes that there are enough options to get beginning readers interested in reading and allow them to explore their interests.

Kristen also offers these tips for inspiring readers of all ages:

  1. Take full advantage of your local library—free access to books means anyone anywhere can practice reading.
  2. If you have children between the ages of newborn and five, reading aloud to them daily is an effective way to give them a leg-up when it comes time for formal reading instruction.
  3. Students aged five and up—whether new to reading, or masters of reading—should read daily for at least 15 minutes. The more you read, the better you read! Reading proficiency adheres to the old adage, “practice makes perfect.”
  4. Finally, be seen reading, Mom and Dad! When your student sees you choosing to read, you’re sending a silent signal that reading is important and has value.

Recommended Reading Lists for Students
(Kindergarten through High School)

Click on the appropriate icon below to see our printable reading list for each student’s grade level.









What are your kids reading? Do you have a recommendation you think should be on our lists? Leave a comment below, and we’ll be sure to check it out. The important thing is to get your child reading!

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Brittany Marklin

Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.

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