After learning phonics and graduating the leveled chapter books for beginning readers (HarperCollins I Can Read books, Scholastic Reader level books, Random House Step into Reading books, Puffin Easy to Read books, etc), the real fun in reading begins. This is the time children build up their lifelong love toward reading. Parent’s role here? Find good book series that your child becomes attached to.
My son’s favorites were the books in Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. The author intertwined historical or scientific facts with exciting adventures so well, that my son enjoyed all the books in the series. Another good thing about the series is that there are so many books in the series and the author keeps writing.
He also loved Encyclopedia Brown the Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol. Each book has many short episodes that the boy called encyclopedia solves mysteries. The story gives out clues on the way, so the reader can solve the mysteries together. I wished that there were more books in the series.
Another series he enjoyed reading was Cam Jansen Mysteries by David A. Adler. This girl with photographic memory solves mysteries in her school and neighborhood.