Welcome to the July edition of I Can Read: A Carnival Celebrating New Readers. This carnival runs for 3 days in the middle of each month and I’m excited to be this month’s host. We’re sharing reviews of Easy Readers and Short Chapter Books that can set emerging readers on the path to confident reading and a love of books as well as tips on getting kids started reading.
Easy Readers are books with simple text for readers who have just become ready to read a whole book. Some great examples are the Mr. Putter and Tabby series, Green Eggs and Ham, the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems. Short Chapter Books are accessible to readers who are ready for a longer book but need larger text, more space on the page and pictures in the text. If you need more information about Easy Readers and Short Chapter Books, there are excellent definitions at the very first I Can Read Carnival page.
If you have a review of one of these types of books, either fiction or non-fiction or a post about the first steps in the reading journey, add a comment with your link, and I will add your post to the Carnival. I will take submissions for the next three days (July 16-18).
My older daughter has been reading short chapter books for the last year, and she now devours them rapidly often staying up to finish one whole. These books have helped her gain confidence as a reader and take pride in her ability to read a whole chapter book. Her favorites series include:
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Pony-Crazed Princess by Diana Kimpton
The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
Rainbow Fairies by Daisy Meadows
Keeker and the Sneaky Pony by Hadley Higginson
Catwings by Ursula K. LeGuin
Magic School Bus Chapter Books by Eva Moore
My younger daughter has learned to recognize letters and has become interested in the sounds they make. She loves reading books to herself, telling herself the stories after she’s heard them read aloud or making up her own stories. A few weeks ago, we checked out the first two books in Mo Willems’ new Cat the Cat series. She adored them and asked me to read them several times in a row. The next day she came running out to me and said. I can read all the words in this book. The book was Cat the Cat Who Is That. The simple, repetitive text allows even very young children to read the book on their own. Even though my daughter may not truly recognize the words yet, she will eventually, and for now she has the pleasure of reading a book to herself. I highly recommend all the Cat the Cat books!
I look forward to reading all your posts!
Posts from the Kidlitosphere:
Brenda Kahn has a review of Lulu and the Brontosaurus, a short chapter book that sounds delightful.
Earlier this week, I posted a review of It’s Best to Leave a Snake Alone, a non-fiction easy reader.
Dee has an interview with Sheryl Gwyther that includes tips for writing Short Chapter Books.
Read about Dizzy Izzy, the lastest in Jon Sciesczka’s Trucktown series at NC Teacher Stuff.
Learn about a princess who’d rather be a clown at The Book Chook.
Roberta at Wrapped in Foil shares Life Cycle of an Oak Tree, a non-fiction easy reader.
Zoe has a post about using picture dictionaries for early readers at Playing by the Book.