Today, we’re pleased to introduce a new monthly series, Dr. Duck’s Book Club! Here at Urgent Care for Kids, we think that reading is an important component of building and maintaining a healthy mind. Whether you’re a parent reading to your child or if you have a child that’s an avid reader, we have something for every level!
To kick off this series, we’re sharing a list of books to read before bedtime. Reading for 20-30 minutes is a great way for kids (and adults!) to wind down before going to sleep!
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic that parents may have read when they were children! This is a simple book to read to your little ones who aren’t reading quite yet. To add an interactive element, have your child pick a few special things in his or her room to tuck into bed, just like the bunny in the book.
Beginning Readers (Age 4-6)
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss is a great book for beginning readers, as are many Dr. Seuss books. With repetitive phrases and rhyming words, little ones who are just learning to read will be able to sound out the words of this book with ease.
Elementary Level Readers
For lower-grade elementary readers, a picture book such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff is a great choice. The circular sequence of events teaches kids about cause and effect. Warning: may cause your little one to ask for a midnight snack!
Upper Elementary Readers
For kids venturing into chapter books, The Boxcar Children is a great series. These age-appropriate books are perfect vocabulary builders and a great transition into reading alone. Have your child read one or two chapters each night!
Middle School Level Readers
For experienced readers, The Chronicles of Narnia series is an excellent choice. In addition to being another vocabulary builder, this series also dives deeper into reading with symbolism and themes throughout the books.
Does your child have a favorite bedtime story? Let us know!