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ESL Reading Suggestions

There are suggested reading lists for each grade level.  Please ask your child's teacher or our librarian to provide you with one. Your child's reading level may be different, however, based on his or her English language proficiency.  According to research children become better readers when the books they read are at the right level of linguistic and thematic complexity.  Books that are too easy or too hard can cause frustration.   Part of the literacy framework used in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district teaches students to choose books that are "just right", i.e. books that are mostly at the student's current reading level but with some challenges to improve the reading skills.  

Student interest is also a key element in book choice.  Children are more likely to delve deeper into a book if they are genuinely interested in the topic.  Multicultural books that draw on the child's native cultural and linguistic experience can be a very rewarding experience.  Our library has a great collection of books with multicultural themes, including bilingual books. Please ask our librarian or the ESL team for author and title suggestions.

Additionally, our school pays for a subscription to Tumblebooks, an online library of ebooks for children that includes animation, narration, music, and games.  The username and password for this website are available through Rashkis homepage under Student Tools.     

 Some suggested websites for additional reading materials are: