Keeping a reading journal can be simple. Just have your child write a page or two of thoughts about something she has read.

Kids can use their journals to keep track of books they have read. They may want to mark a favorite author. That way, they can find other books by the same person when they visit the library.

Some books may lead your child to write more. She might write a letter to one of the characters in the book. She might write a new ending to a book or what happened before the story begins.

Looking back in the child’s journal can also help you think of interesting questions to ask. For example: How would Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life have changed if her family had owned a TV set?

You may like the idea so much that you begin keeping a reading journal yourself!

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