Children should be reading every night for a minimum of 20 minutes (more is better). Please talk to your children about the books they are reading. Ask them about the setting where and when), problems and solutions, and connections. Talking about reading with your children creates a healthy family atmosphere where your children learn the importance of reading. If you read and show an interest in your childrens' reading, they will want to read and become better at it. Practice, practice, practice.
We have been reading everday since school began. We are currently reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos. The students enjoy sitting on the carpet and listening as Mr. Lange reads to them. New titles we have read together: Pattern books: O is for Orca, Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast. Other books: Oliver Button is a Sissy, Things Will Never Be the Same, Aunt Flossie's Hats (and crab cakes later), Julius Baby of the World, and Boundless Grace.
We have learned to visualize our reading and to ask questions. We have been practicing inferring for about two weeks.
We are learning and practicing many reading strategies including cross-checking, check for understanding, and picking just right books. We will learn and practice many more as the year progresses.
I have two books to recommend. I read both of them over the summer: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (historical fiction); Getting Air by Dan Gutman (realistic fiction).