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What age is the right age to start reading? - Best Book Set for Beginning Readers

Title Blog What age is the right age to start reading

Have you seen videos about kids reading fluently by the age of 3? Video Ads popping out our timelines telling us how it's possible to teach kids how to read at that age?

As a first-time mom, I remember thinking, "Oh my gosh! What age is the right age?"

At 2.5 years old, Lucas cannot read yet but he can recite words from memory.  I suppose it is similar to watching commercials on TV.  Isn't it already a proud moment for parents?


Our pediatrician told us she had a 2-year-old patient that can read. She made the child try with a magazine and the child can indeed read any common word! It's not from memorization at all!

I thought, "Wow! amazing! So, should I start to teach Lucas how to read too?" Back then, even if I knew it was possible through Phonics, I didn't even attempt to start. Firstly, I did not know how and where to start. Second, I know I did not have enough patience to teach a young child who still lacks focus. And third, I didn't want to pressure him or myself with an unnecessary idea of being able to read at the age of 2 or 3 years old!

Instead, we continued reading at least 1 book per day and simply worked in the recognition of the alphabet.  That's hard enough as it is, right?


When Lucas turned 4 years old. That's when I recognize that I had to put in more effort. While some kids can recognize the alphabet and remember the sound of each letter, Lucas still struggles. And when children have a hard time at school, it creates an unpleasant experience.  Even in playschool, he was always an outlier. But that story is for another article.

By the age of 4.5 years old, he can read. We started with Jolly Phonics and a combination of CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant e.g C-A-T). At 5 years old, I introduced Dolsch flash cards. We continue to read at least 1 book per day, he enjoyed it so much we ended up reading 5 books per day. He can now read independently, fast, and with comprehension.

I'm not saying all these to brag. I'm saying it because I want you to know that we struggled too but there is a formula! And the main factors are CONSISTENCY and DISCIPLINE. A daily routine which includes learning how to read - even for just 5 minutes per day.

According to Carol Leroy, director of the Reading and Language Centre at the University of Alberta, every child is different. Some take an easier route through literacy than others. And when it comes to reading, expert says our brain is not naturally hard-wired in the way that it was wired to speak or listen.  Some kids require more help than others. 

What can parents do?

  1. DON'T PANIC. As I've said and I'm sure you know, you cannot compare your child with another. Child development is different for every child
  2. DON'T PUSH. The chances are, reading will just turn into a power struggle. The interest in reading should come out naturally for them in order to make it a pleasant experience for you and your child.
  3. COMMUNICATE WITH THE TEACHER. How far behind is your child? What can you do to help? In what area does he struggle? What particular topic is your child interested in?
  4. BE VIGILANT. If the school does not take action even if your guts tells you there is something wrong. Consider checking an expert's advice. One parent did this when her child started Grade 2 and discovered that her child is dyslexic.
  5. READ WITH YOUR CHILD. Make it a habit. We started with Dolch sight words flash cards Pre-K and Kindergarten and then I stopped when he mastered them all. This summer, before Lucas enters Grade 1, I thought I check Grade 1 flashcards. He knows every word already! Then I checked for Grade 2 and 3 and I was so glad that he can read them too. He knew because we read a lot of nonfiction books too. It didn't matter what the age recommendation the book is.  Only their interest matters.

Teachers say that the most important thing that you can do for your child's continuous learning until adulthood is to make them love the idea of reading. Offer them different kinds of books and see which topic they gravitate towards. Fortunately, there are a lot of free online libraries and applications that we can use (We like Kids A-Z, Epic, Khan Kids Academy,

However, having physical books at home is still extremely important. You'd want your child to go through the books by themselves and read for as long as they want. You don't want them to spend a lot of time on tablets or phones, right? Even if these are educational, it won't be good for their eyesight. Trust me, if they like a book, they will read it over and over again.

Best Book Set for Beginning readers that are worth investing in
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What are the best books for beginning readers that are worth investing in?

  • Fly Guy Phonics Boxed Set. 

We love this book! And by "we" I meant Lucas and I. Lucas likes it because it is easy to read, highlighting one phonic sound for each book. The stories and illustrations are interesting and funny. As a parent, I was hesitant to buy it because I thought it was too silly. But then, I realized, for kids to really enjoy reading a book there has to be some kind of "silliness". I also love the fact that there are 10 books and 2 workbooks that contains a lot of pages. It comes in a hard casing with a handle. This boxed set is definitely worth the bucks!

  • Dr. Seuss' Bright and Early Board Books
I guess Dr. Seus does not need an introduction. His books rocks with rhymes, weird and unique characters, and silly stories. Even though the words are not as easy to read like Fly Guy Phonics, Lucas loves "Fox and Sox", it is a story told in a unique way through a tongue twister. Initially, I read it to him but now we take turns reading. As a parent, my favorite Dr. Seuss book is "A Fly Went By" because it is an interesting story complete with all the phonics and sight words that a Kindergarten can read.

  • Usborne Phonics
Usborne Publishing Ltd has a wide collection of Phonics books to choose from. During their book week, Lucas purchased an Usborne published book entitled, "Scarecrow's Secret" It was an easy read with less than 20 pages but he had fun finding a little yellow duck on each page. We also have "Big Pig on a Dig" and you'll have to find the little yellow duck too.

  • Sight Word Readers: Learning the first 50 Sight Words is a Snap!
I attribute Lucas' Experts recommend memorizing a list of words that are commonly encountered in children's books. These words are mostly not sound words or words that the child can easily read by sounding out the word like C-A-T. Examples of Kinder sight words are "the, there, funny, happy, down, etc."

  • BOB Books - Set

This Book set is very much aligned with the CVC method of teaching Phonics. This is one of Amazon's bestseller books in Children's Beginning Readers category. We honestly haven't tried this book but the Youtube homeschooler mom (Jady A.) of 4 kids recommended this book. Her method of teaching her children how to read as early as 3 years old was the one I used for Lucas (I tweaked her method a bit with Jolly Phonics).

  • First Little Readers
We also haven't tried these set of books but they are also considered as Best Seller books with good reviews so I thought I include them in this list. Check them out.

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How do you teach your child how to read? What kind of books does he/she like?

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