One of our goals this year at John Muir is to have students read at least 20 minutes in class every day.
Educational research shows that the more a child reads, the better reader they become. Just this alone can raise test scores!
Therefore, it would be even better for students if they read at home every night as well.
Research says that in order to actually improve their reading, students need to be reading "Just Right" books. Essentially this means the books are neither too easy or too hard.
Below are several links to help you and your child pick out "Just Right" books.
Letter of Explanation
Goldilocks Strategy for choosing Just Right books
Basic explanation of Easy, Just Right, and Challenging books
Five Finger method for choosing Just Right books. Plus ways to see if you will like a book and where to find books.