‘Tis the Season to be Reading!

According to the Government of Canada website, ‘[Reading] paves the way to success in school, which can build self-confidence and motivate your child to set high expectations for life.’ As the holiday season approaches, remember that books make excellent gifts, and what’s better than curling up with your child in front of a warm fire with a good book? To help you pick out the best books to read with your child over the holidays, we’ve highlighted a selection of popular phonics and picture books.

There are many different types of phonics books that can help motivate young children, with varying interests, to want to read!

  1. Curious George Curious About Phonics 12 Book Set: 12-Book Set Learn-To-Read Program, by H. A. Rey
  2. Starfall Learn to Read Phonics Set: Zac the Rat and Other Tales!, by Blue Mountain Arts (See Starfall.com for various phonics activities!)
  3. Star Wars: Phonics Boxed Setby Quinlan B Lee
  4. Dora the Explorer Phonics Box Sets by Quinlan B Lee
  5. Batman Classic: Batman Phonics Fun, by Lucy Rosen  

Picture books often include repetition and rhyme to help young children learn to read. Below is a list of timeless classics as well as a selection of the most recent New York Times bestsellers: 


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee

Are You My Mother? by Phillip D. Eastman

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin


Top Five Recent Bestsellers from The New York Times

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld,

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, by Eric Litwi

The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore

Llama Llama Time to Share, by Anna Dewdne

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin


The love of reading is a timeless gift that you can inspire in your child this holiday season!



For more information about individualized learning and academic support, contact Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space (416) 925-1225 or visit http://www.ruthrumack.com.


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