Teaching Your Kids How To Read

In our experience, most parents would love to instill their children with a lifetime love of reading. But how do you get there when your kids don’t even know how to read yet?

This page is dedicated to giving parents tips and resources that can help them teach their kids how to read. The good news is that you don’t need to be a librarian or a trained educator; there is a wealth of fabulous books that you can use to teach your child the basics of how to read, and even read along with them. We hope this information is helpful to you as your child takes their first steps toward literacy and a heartfelt love for books of all sizes. Off we go!

Early Reader Book Recommendations

Looking for some great recommendations for beginning readers? Well good news—we have created a series of videos on YouTube that highlight our top picks for various beginner books and series that are proven hits with kids and parents alike. Check ’em out!

Part One: First Steps for Pre-Readers

Part Two: Books for Level 1 Readers

Part Three: Books for Level 1 Readers, Continued

A Very Special Conversation with Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud

In September of 2021, Barb had the good fortune to record a Zoom call with Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud. Ruth lives in Japan and is the founder of her own non-profit organization, Joyful Opportunity English Education (JOEE). With the help of her vibrant personality and a couple of puppet friends, she has taught many, many kids (both in Japan as well as back home in America) how to read. In this video, she shares some of her insights and experiences with Barb about how to help kids really get interested in books and in reading. Enjoy!