Welcome back to the weekly 4 Moms post, in which 4 moms with a collective total of 35 children share our knowledge, experience and and helpful tips in maintaining health, order and sanity.
This week we’re offering up book recommendations for beginning readers. Early reading is an exciting time for little ones, and an equally exciting time for those of us teaching them. I love to see the spark as they begin to realize that they can do this!
See what the other 3 moms suggest:
Bob Books are the ultimate in early readers. Even a child who doesn’t know the entire alphabet can experience the sense of accomplishment that comes from reading an entire book on her own.
I’m not crazy about Dr. Seuss books in general because they are geared toward the look-say reading method, but there are some that are useful and undeniably appealing.
Little Bear books by Elsie Minarik are popular, but they have never appealed to me or my young readers. The vocabulary is just too simple and stilted for my taste.
- Amelia Bedelia was in our list of books to read to little ones, but it’s also a wonderful early reader with lots of easy words and funny stories.
- Syd Hoff books have simple, charming illustrations and cute stories that are short enough even for a slow reader to finish in one sitting. We have Sammy the Seal and Thunder Hoof, but I know there are many more.
Short, easy chapter books are handy to have around as beginning readers gain speed and confidence. I love to see them become more and more immersed in stories as they gain fluency.
- Little House Chapter Books – Heavily condensed and simplified excerpts from the series. I like that it uses the original illustrations by Garth Williams (did I get the name right?)
- Frog and Toad – Cute, charming and funny. What more can you ask?
- We Both Read – A series in which all the left pages have a few lines of very simple text for the child to read, while all the right pages have longer and more complex vocabulary for the parent to read. We loved our 2 titles for years and were excited to discover that there are many more.
- Grandma’s Attic – Slightly more complex vocabulary, but chapters are hilarious stand-alone stories that make children want to take on the challenge.
- Billy and Blaze – A boy and his pony. Even girls love these stories.
Those are favorites in our house. What are some of your favorite books, series and authors for beginning readers?
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