Our district homework requirement for elementary schools is for the student to read or be read to for 20 minuters each night. The book should be one selected by the child. You are encouraged to discuss the books with your child as your read. Ask questions about who the main character is, what the main topic is and what details support that. The roles of the author and illustrator are difficult for students to figure out, so talk about that as well as the genre of the book. Children have trouble understanding that fiction means the story is made up and non-fiction means the text is true and informational.