Reading Tips For Parents & Educators

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5 Lessons to Learn From I Can Read Books!


New research shows that what children hear at a young age through reading aloud is likely to help shape their perspectives and how they act. Take advantage of this by finding great books to read aloud that teach your children great lessons while having fun!

1. To be themselves:

• Young children have the huge, active imaginations and reading aloud can help spark this creative intuition even more!

• Once they become comfortable with classic books to learn from, the I Can Read library gives nearly unlimited choices on different levels of reading and character preferences. Your young reader can decide for him or herself what books they love the best!

ICR books that highlight this:

Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up

Pete the Cat’s Super Cool Reading Collection

Flat Stanley: Show-and-Tell, Flat Stanley!

2. To never give up:

• Reading independently is one of the first big accomplishments that children understand and allows them to use it as a foundation for so much more. Learning to read can be challenging and have its frustrations, but persistent daily reading shows your child the importance of sticking it out.

• I Can Read! books are colorful, short, illustrated stories but they always show a character learning a lesson or overcoming an obstacle in a creative way. They can help teach your young learner to persevere when things get tough!

ICR books that highlight this:


Monster School: The Spooky Sleepover

The Berenstain Bears: Gone Fishin’

3. To share/work together:

• One of the best parts of the reading process with a beginning reader is the quality time spent together. It can become a positive partnership, such as when a child is stuck on a word or sounding out a phrase, the teacher/parent is there to help them out. This helps build a platform of trust and encourages teamwork to accomplish a goal.

• Most I Can Read! characters learn that sometimes they cannot overcome a challenge alone. For example, when Fancy Nancy needs her classmates to help plan a surprise party, she learns that friends helping friends is what makes everything better!

ICR books that highlight this:

Fancy Nancy and the Super Secret Surprise Party

Splat the Cat: Splat and Seymour, Best Friends Forevermore

Huff and Puff Have Too Much Stuff!

4. To be responsible:

• Setting up a consistent time to read (such as in the afternoon after school, or before bedtime) is a wonderful way to build routine into your young learner’s life. It makes reading something to look forward to, and they know to pick out a book, get settled in, and be ready to read!

• These small habits become great foundations over time to take initiative and be responsible for small tasks on their own.

• The I Can Read! books have a vast variety of characters that showcase different scenarios where they learn how to be responsible. From taking home the classroom pet to learning new skills with friends, there are lots of stories that help teach responsibility to your beginning reader!

ICR books that highlight this:

Diary of a Worm: Nat the Gnat

Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete

Pony Scouts: The Camping Trip

5. To be brave:

• When your young reader is reading a story about a character who usually overcomes a fear or challenge, he or she also experiences how to deal with a challenge.

• The accomplished feeling of reading independently is often mimicked through the I Can Read! characters they are connecting with.

ICR books that highlight this:

Clark the Shark: Tooth Trouble

Little Critter: Just a Special Day

Pinkalicious: Tutu-rrific