Here are some reading questions you can ask your child before, during and after reading their library book. It is important to take the time to read with your child on a daily basis and discuss the book. Your child should read aloud to you every day. This helps with their fluency, comprehension, articulation and vocabulary skills. Please click the link to view the list of general comprehension questions.

Before During and After Questions for reading

Authors

Roald Dahl     J.K. Rowling    Michael Murpurgo    David Walliams

Marita Conlon-McKenna       Enid Blyton

(Jacqueline Wilson has some fantastic books for this age group, but do be aware that she also writes for teens and some of her books are inappropriate for primary school).

Books

Here are some excellent books that 4th class girls have recommended;

  1. Harry Potter series
  2. Billionaire Boy
  3. Heidi
  4. Percy Jackson series
  5. The Secret Garden
  6. Mallory Towers
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  8. Wizards of Once
  9. The Nine Lives Triology
  10. Tom Gates
  11. Wonder
  12. Auggie and Me
  13. Black Beauty
  14. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  15. Katy
  16. The Heros of Olympus
  17. The Faraway Tree
  18. Matilda
  19. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Be aware of your own daughter’s ability when helping her choose books. Read the blurb together and discuss the choice.

Summer stars have some great tips on how to choose a book with your child, engaging reluctant readers, reading development etc.

http://www.librariesireland.ie/summer-stars/supporting-childrens-reading-information-sheets/

Vocabulary

When children come across new words in different contexts they develop a stronger understanding and a more detailed vocabulary. Try using new vocabulary from the reading in daily conversations.

Every day we will uncover a new word. Our ‘Word of the Day’ will be given as homework where the girls will use it in their own sentence. Over time we will develop our word bank together.